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Gulf of Mexico Citizen Led Initiative

Implementing Organization

Mississippi State


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Funding Organization

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component


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Project Actions

Education and Outreach

Targeted Resources

Fish/Fish Habitats

Project Description

The purpose of the Gulf of Mexico Citizen Led Initiative (Project) is to support the restoration and protection of natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast Region. Through data collection efforts, the Project will yield information that resource management agencies can use to inform decisions regarding water quality, economically viable fish stocks, and ultimately track changes in the overall health of the coastal ecosystem. The Project will develop a Mobile Application for Marine Assessment (MAMA) that will be used to recruit citizens to gather coastal ecosystem health assessment data. MAMA will allow Gulf Coast citizens and visitors to a) upload photos, measurements, GPS locations, and other data regarding specimens they have captured, observed, and identified, b) submit photos of endangered/unusual specimens of fish and other marine life for identification, and c) document invasive species in Mississippi Gulf Coast waters. The Project will be administered by MDEQ with the University of Mississippi (UM) as the subrecipient for implementation. UM will implement the Project in collaboration with MDMR and with contractual support.


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