The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group held an interactive webinar on April 29, 2021. Trustee staff provided updates on planning and projects, and we asked for feedback from attendees about various engagement topics through interactive polls. We had more than 60 people in attendance, sharing helpful input on:

  • Familiarity with restoration in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Interest in planning, projects, monitoring and other activities
  • Interest in the different Open Ocean restoration types
  • How attendees receive information online and at outreach events

Some early, high-level results showed large percentages of our attendees were interested in:

  • Open Ocean funding and restoration planning processes
  • Project activities underway now and how we work with partners on projects
  • Restoration monitoring plans and our Open Ocean monitoring priorities

We also heard that a majority of those participating receive their Open Ocean information and updates from our website and emails and from the Trustee Council’s annual meetings and other webinars.

Additional input we received included interest in:

  • How our projects and activities translate to restoration of injured resources
  • How projects are identified from our calls for project ideas and project implementation timelines

These are just some of the takeaways we received from polls participants. Now we’re reviewing the results further to understand ways we can shape and future engagement topics and opportunities. We appreciate all who attended and participated and look forward to continuing the conversation.

Materials from the webinar include:

Stay tuned to the Open Ocean Restoration Area page and sign up for Trustee Council emails for future updates.