Harte Research Institute to host Gulf of Mexico summit
According to the summit website, “Focused on action, SGM 2011 brings together leaders in government, industry, science, and non-governmental organizations to assess current conditions and build sound strategies for the future.” HRI hosted the first SGM Summit in 2005, and last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico brought new urgency to reconvening the summit, said event organizers.
“One year later, we are now in a position to put this massive insult to the Gulf into perspective,” said Dr. Larry McKinney, HRI director. “What was the damage? Has the gulf recovered and if not, when will it recover? By this summer, when shrimp, crab and fish spawn and begin their estuarine lifecycles, we should know even more.”
According to HRI, key issues to be presented and discussed at the summit are a shared vision of a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico, a restoration strategy and plan for the Gulf, an ecosystem report card for assessing the Gulf, and an update on Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impacts on the Gulf. HRI also noted that an outcome of the 2006 Summit was the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the first Governors' Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts adopted by all U.S. Gulf states in 2006.