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OR&R Attends GOMCON 2024 to Support Gulf of Mexico Collaboration

FEB. 26, 2024 — The Gulf of Mexico Conference (GOMCON), led by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, brings together coastal scientists and stakeholders in state and federal government, academia, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss current Gulf research and collaborate on new opportunities. This year, GOMCON took place in Tampa, Florida from February 19-22. Emphasizing the intersection of science, policy, and management, GOMCON included sessions on themes that are important to ecosystem and community resilience as well as restoration and natural resource management.

A group photo of OR&R staff at GOMCON 2024.
OR&R staff attend GOMCON 2024 in Tampa, Florida.

OR&R attendees spanned areas of office responsibility including marine debris, natural resource injury assessment, and emergency response. The conference provided opportunities for learning from a range of scientific sessions and connecting with others working in related fields.

OR&R staff and affiliates presented their work and led sessions on topics including marine debris emergency response guides, factors affecting citizen science marine debris collection data quality, long-term oil spill data management, job aids on oil spills and pelagic sargassum, and marsh resilience after intensive shoreline cleanup, and emerging contaminants and their impacts in the Gulf region. 

OR&R director, Scott Lundgren, and program representatives also visited local congressional offices to share office information and discuss shared interests and concerns.

Last updated Friday, March 1, 2024 9:16am PST