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Proceedings from the Workshop Integrating Seafloor Mapping and Benthic Ecology into Fisheries Managment in the Gulf of Maine held April 15-16, 2009 in Portland, Maine

Click here to download GOMMI documents. You will need a username and password.

Mapping the Gulf of Maine’s undersea landscape

Mapping the Gulf of Maine seafloor is one of the essential first steps for achieving effective management of the region’s marine environments.

The Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) is a U.S.-Canadian partnership of government and nongovernment organizations to conduct comprehensive seafloor imaging, mapping, and biologicaland geological surveys. GOMMI grew out of a mapping workshop in October 2001 that was sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Gulf of Maine Council endorses GOMMI, and the GOMMI Steering Committee is a subcommittee of the Council. Currently, GOMMI is working to secure funding and conduct a mapping program of areas in the Gulf of Maine not already mapped by multibeam sonar surveys.

Map of areas covered by high-resolution bathymetric surveys as of February 2009

GOMMI has released its strategic plan for review and comment. Download the
document by clicking the following links.

Strategic plan cover
Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative: A Framework for Ocean Management

GOMMI tribute to Susan Snow-Cotter (1961-2006)

In December 2006, Susan Snow-Cotter, a steering committee member of the Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) and director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), died of inflammatory breast cancer. Susan’s vision and leadership were instrumental in establishing GOMMI and advancing seafloor mapping in the Gulf of Maine. Through GOMMI and many other programs, she was a leader in coastal and ocean management in the Gulf of Maine and beyond.

GOMMI tribute to Susan Snow-Cotter (PDF, 56 KB)

GOMMI tribute to Susan Snow-Cotter (Word, 155 KB)

GOMMI newsletter
Information about seafloor mapping

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GOMMI Steering Committee





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