Regional Resources

(Additional links of interest are available here)


Offshore Renewable Energy

Offshore Wind Energy: Considerations for Georgia

This white paper, written by the GCRC in response to a request from the GA Dept. of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, provides background about offshore wind energy, with a specific focus on its potential development in Georgia coastal waters. It includes an introduction to the use of offshore wind as a renewable energy source, an overview of the components of a wind installation, a discussion of factors that are considered in siting a wind facility, the environmental considerations associated with such a project, and planning tools and ongoing offshore wind energy initiatives.

Contact: Christine Laporte,

Link to Report:

Southeastern Ocean-Based Renewable Energy Infrastructure Project

Offshore wind energy development is an issue that will be increasingly important in the coming years, and there are numerous initiatives underway to evaluate the region’s potential for offshore wind energy development. This offshore wind energy project is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program grant, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and facilitated by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. This multi-phased project is a collaboration among state, regional, and national agencies to create a thorough understanding of the infrastructure required to develop gigawatt scale ocean renewable energy resources in an economic manner.

Regional Role: Evaluating the infrastructure requirements for offshore wind energy development  

Contact: Simon Mahan, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy,

Link to Report: Siting Analysis for Potential Near-Term Offshore Wind Farm Development: Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina (March 2011). Prepared by Geo-Marine, Inc.

Other Reports are available here:




SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Portal

The National Park Service identified a need to compile information and an ongoing inventory of long-term monitoring of coastal water quality in southeast waters. This project facilitates identification of data gaps or under- or over-sampled areas; with the aim of fostering interagency cooperation.  The Georgia Coastal Research Council organized a coastal water quality monitoring workshop with regional managers, and compiled a database of long-term monitoring program metadata into an interactive web portal.

Regional Role: Water quality monitoring - partnerships, data gaps, planning

Contact: Christine Laporte, Coordinator-Georgia Coastal Research Council

Link to Metadata Portal:

Link to Workshop Report:

Link to Final Report: Southeast Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Tools: Database and Web Applications (14 MB, pdf)


Governors' South Atlantic Alliance

The Governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida signed a Partnership Agreement in May 2009 establishing the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance (SAA). The mission of the SAA is to "significantly increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region."  

Regional Role: The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance: A Call To Action Framework (June 2009) describes the SAA priorities. To learn more about the four Priority Areas identified by the SAA please see SARRP-South Atlantic Alliance Governors Framework (January 2009) which aligns the SAA Priority areas with SARRP's work.

Contacts: Chris Russo, NC Dep't of Environment and Natural Resources, or Christine Laporte (SARRP coordinator),



Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team

SECART is NOAA’s regional organization addressing mission priorities and regional challenges related to NOAA's mission. They leverage regional partnerships to respond to stakeholder needs; and enhance NOAA's value to and impact on the region.

Regional Role: (NC, SC, GA, FL, Puerto Rico, USVI) Access to NOAA’s laboratories, facilities, and offices located throughout the Southeast region (National Weather Service; National Ocean Service; Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; National Marine Fisheries Service)

Contact: Geno Olmi, Regional Coordinator

NOAA in the Carolinas 2008 Workshop (presentation by Jeff Payne)


Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association

SECOORA coordinates coastal and ocean observing activities. It is one of 11 Regional Associations nationwide through the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), a multi-agency, cooperative effort based on a continuously operating network of buoys, ships, satellites, underwater vehicles, and other platforms that collect real-time data and manage historical information.

Regional Role: (NC, SC, GA, FL) Real- and near-real time oceanographic data and data products.

Contact: Debra Hernandez, Exec. Director



SouthEast Area Mapping & Assessment Program

SEAMAP plans and conducts surveys, as well as disseminates information. South Atlantic component (NC, SC, GA, FL) programs are: Bottom Mapping, Crustaceans, Shallow Water Trawl Survey and Data Management.  S. Atlantic Committees consist of state representatives of SAFMC, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and National Marine Fisheries Service. This is a SAFMC related program. 

Regional Role: (Gulf of Mexico, S. Atlantic and Caribbean) Regional fisheries data and management plans.  2006-2010 Management Plan

Contacts: Roger Pugliese, SA Committee Chairman or Melissa Paine, S. Atlantic Coordinator,



South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

SAFMC is one of eight regional fishery management councils in the US, and is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit off the coasts of NC, SC, GA and east Florida to Key West.

Regional Role: Fisheries management plans
(see also website homepage for links to various SAFMC committee plans and rulings)

Contact: Roger Pugliese, Sr. Biologist



Atlantic Coast Fish Habitat Partnership

ACFHP is a regional initiative, launched in 2008, with the goal of accelerating the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes.  Partnerships are between federal, tribal, state, local, and other entities.

Regional Role: Habitat protection, funding, strategic planning

Contact: Emily Greene

Wesite (partnership information hosted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission):


Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, & Prediction

MARMAP is a regional cooperative fisheries project of the Marine Resources Research Institute of South Carolina DNR. The program conducts reef fish assessment from North Carolina to northern Florida.

Regional Role: Regional fisheries data and publications. This is a SAFMC related program.

Contact: Marcel Reichert, Assoc. Scientist



Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

SARP is a regional partnership to protect, conserve, and restore aquatic resources (including habitats) throughout the Southeast, from uplands to the coast.

Regional Role: Aquatic habitat plans (upland to coastal)

Contact: Scott Robinson, Coordinator



Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability

SERPPAS (U.S. Dep’t of Defense) works to prevent encroachment around military lands, encourage compatible resource-use decisions, and improve coordination among regions, states, communities, and military services. 

Regional Role: (NC, SC, GA, FL. AL) Mapping, planning, projects

Contact: Chris Russo



Southern Association of Marine Laboratories

SAML is an organization of marine labs across the Southeast. It is part of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), a nonprofit organization of member institutions working to improve the quality and effectiveness of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research, education and outreach. Through these unique national and regional networks, NAML encourages ecosystem-based management, wise local land management and the understanding and protection of natural resources.

Regional Role: Research partnerships, cooperation on initiatives and support

Contact: Dr. Wes Tunnell, current President and Chair, Texas A&M University

National website:  &  SAML membership list


Coastal States Organization

CSO addresses coastal management needs through the re-authorization of an improved and strengthened Coastal Zone Management Act, and launch an effort to support new and existing ocean, Great Lakes, and local community management initiatives, including regional governance efforts.

Regional Role: Policy, Coastal Zone Management Representatives

Contact: Jim Gregson, SE CSO representative



Centers for Ocean Sciences Excellence in Education - Southeast

COSEE-SE is one of 12 regional and thematic centers in a network devoted to excellence in marine education.

Regional Role: (NC, SC, GA) Ocean education; scientist-educator interactions; ocean-based curricula; ocean education networking, science education

Contact: Lundie Spence, Director



The Nature Conservancy

TNC is an international environmental NGO focused on science-based conservation of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity.  In 2005, they completed the Carolinian Ecoregional Assessment covering the coast from NC to Cape Canaveral, FL.  Southeast Marine Conservation program focus issues include:  marine spatial planning, coastal restoration, ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and land-water connections. Carolinian Ecoregional Assessment

Regional Role: Marine spatial mapping, decision-making tools (development and implementation), conservation planning, policy

Contact: Mary Conley, Southeast Director of Marine Conservation,



The Conservation Fund

In the southeast, TCF has focused its efforts on land conservation and smart growth strategies.   

Regional Role: Land Conservation

Contact: Will Allen, Director, Strategic Conservation Programs,



National Wildlife Federation

NWF has chapters in each state. The Southeast Regional Center includes SC, GA, FL.  Areas of emphasis include longleaf pine restoration, climate change/water supply.  The FL chapter has the greatest link to marine issues.

Regional Role: Policy/ advocacy, education, restoration

Contact: John Kostyack,

Website: Southeast Regional Center,


Southern Environmental Law Center

SELC is a non-profit organization working in the 6 southeast states (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN) on law and policy issues related to air, land and water.

Regional Role: Litigation/ legal, policy/ advocacy, climate change, energy

Contact: Jeff Gleason, Director of Regional Programs,



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Link: GCRC homepage

Link: NOAA Link: FL Sea Grant Link: Ga Sea Grant Link: SC Sea Grant Link: NC Sea Grant

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This page was updated October 27, 2011