Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Regional Meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Regional Meeting is set for Feb 7-9, 2023. It will take place at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park at 730 East Beach Blvd. in Long Beach, Mississippi.

About the Meeting
Since the last time the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs convened at a regional meeting five years ago, the Gulf states have experienced over 15 hurricanes, seven federal fisheries disasters, and one global pandemic that has been designated a public health disaster. Each of the programs has responded to these challenges in unique and novel ways. Communications, education, extension, and research personnel developed new collaborations to address existing and emerging stakeholder needs. To benefit the entire Gulf Sea Grant network and build future capacity, we are hosting a joint regional meeting for personnel from the Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi-Alabama, and Texas Sea Grant programs.

With representation from the four different programs and many networks (communication, education, extension, legal), the meeting will:

  • Communicate various perspectives related to regional topics and challenges;
  • Network with one another to build community and collaborative relationships among the programs;
  • Identify and assess funding opportunities that can address Gulf of Mexico issues along with potential partnerships to achieve these goals; and
  • Create a more resilient, robust Gulf of Mexico with the ability to regionally collaborate.

Who Should Attend
Personnel from the Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi-Alabama, and Texas Sea Grant programs.

Agenda at a Glance
All session topics and times are subject to change.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
1:15 – 1:45 pm
1:45– 2:15 pm
2:15 – 2:45 pm
2:45 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 4:30 pm

4:30 – 5:00 pm
Optional: Field Trips
Gulf SG Historical Collaboration Perspective
State Program Updates
Network Breakouts
Administration, Communications, Education, Extension, Legal, Directors/NSGO
Report Out
Reception at Long Beach Pavilion
(located outdoors on the beach at Beach Blvd E & S Cleveland Ave)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
8:00 – 8:30 am
8:30 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 10:00 am
10:00 – 10:30 am
10:30 – 12:00 pm

12:00 – 1:15 pm
1:15 – 1:45 pm
1:45 – 2:30 pm
2:30 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 4:00 pm
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Coffee & Networking
Welcome & Day Overview
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Discussion
Networking Break
Fisheries, Resilience, Marine Debris, Aquaculture, eSeaGrant & Reporting
Lunch (provided)
Report Outs from Morning Sessions
Liaisons Update & Discussion
Networking Break
Collaboration Building
Tools Café
Dinner (on your own)
Thursday, February 9, 2023
8:00 – 8:45 am
8:45 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 10:00 am
10:00 – 10:15 am
10:15 – 11:00 am
11:00 – 11:30 am
11:30 am
Coffee & Networking
Welcome & Day Overview
Workforce Development
Collaboration Building
Intentional Doing Session
Optional: Add-On Meetings
Coastal Resilience Index (CRI) Facilitator Training
Return ’Em Right

Registration Info
A registration fee of $50 will be invoiced to your program after you register. This nominal fee is to help cover the cost of meals and refreshments provided during the meetings. 

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Hotel Info
Photo: The Inn at Long BeachA room block has been set up for attendees at The Inn at Long Beach for the nights of Feb 6-8 (checking out on Feb 9) for those who will need overnight accommodations for any or all of the meeting days. When making your reservation by phone, please request the ‘Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant’ block to receive the special rate of $96/night.

The Inn at Long Beach
300 W. Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, MS 39560
(228) 864-5440 Hotel
(228) 338-2279 Reservations

Airport Info
For those attendees needing to make flight plans, there are two options to consider: