Developing Partnerships

  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR)
  • Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
  • National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC)
  • NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)
  • Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC)
  • Department of Defense, US Navy (NAVO, NRL)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Gulf of Mexico Initiative (NASA GOMI)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GOMFMC)
  • National Oceans and Applications Research Center (NOARC)

Some of the existing relationships with NOAA are especially noteworthy. The Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), NOAA’s cooperative institute in the northern Gulf of Mexico, is led by MSU with USM being co-lead. NGI members also include Louisiana State University, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (the state of Alabama’s Marine Science Institution), and Florida State University, which will enhance collaboration among the five Gulf Centers of Excellence. The National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology, NIUST, is a large NOAA-sponsored program, led by UM with USM being co-lead. USM hosts the MASGC Program Office, with USM, MSU, and UM each having representatives on the MASGC Board of Directors.