Mobilizing a Multistate Partnership in the Gulf of Mexico
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In the Gulf of Mexico, an innovative multistate partnership has focused attention and energy on an ecosystem of national, regional, and local importance. While large-scale efforts involving more than one state may not have the complication of an international boundary, as described in chapter 2, they still need to navigate complicated jurisdictional factors to initiate and sustain collaboration. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is a voluntary arrangement that has no authority to mandate action or regulate uses. However, it has provided an opportunity for the five Gulf States to identify and pursue shared objectives at an ecosystem scale by pooling expertise, attracting funding, and finding synergies within their individual state policies and programs.