August 2011 - The Gulf of Mexico Foundation’s staff is in New Orleans this week, taking part in a joint meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and the Hypoxia Task Force, identifying ways to reduce nutrient pollution within the Mississippi River Basin and to mitigate Gulf hypoxia.
This year’s meeting, Aug 2-4, is especially important because of the challenges caused by potential “Dead Zone” increases in the Gulf due to flooding in the Mississippi River.
GMF Deputy Director Ryan Fikes will make two presentations during the three-day event. On August 3, he will discuss the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s International Integration efforts, one of the projects that the GMF is managing as part of their role within GOMA. On August 4, he will discuss the Habitat Conservation & Restoration Priority Issue Team, a GOMA subcommittee coordinated and led by GMF staff.
Other GMF staff members attending the New Orleans meeting this week are Dr. Quenton Dokken, Suraida Nañez-James, Bobbi Reed and Mikell Smith.
The public is welcome at several public break-out sessions and will have the opportunity to provide comments and ask questions during the Hypoxia session “Accelerating Progress on Issues of Common Interest.”