“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years... is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”
— Rachel Carson, The Edge of the Sea
“For the fishing industry, the Gulf of Maine is our home. That’s where most of our fishing is done and where we earn our living. we believe it needs to be protected from all the things that can threaten it. we need to work together to stay ever-vigilant.”
— Angela Sanfilippo, President, Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association
The Gulf of Maine, including the Bay of Fundy, is a world-class natural wonder that is shared by the Provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the States of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Our people rely on it for their livelihoods, for recreation, and for personal renewal.
In spite of its amazing natural beauty and historical abundance of marine resources, the Gulf of Maine is a highly stressed ecosystem in urgent need of attention. Goal 1 addresses the region’s need for data, information, and partnerships to restore and conserve marine and coastal habitats.
Decision-makers in the Gulf of Maine require information to sustain human communities and to preserve ecological integrity. Goal 2 addresses the region’s need for data, information, and partnerships to ensure that environmental conditions support the health of people and the ecosystem.
The EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) was established by the Gulf of Maine Council (GOMC) to help coastal managers and decision-makers assess the health of the Gulf of Maine through the use of indicators. ESIP is embarking on a new project to engage citizen scientists from the Gulf of Maine by developing a smart phone application (App) designed to both provide scientific information about the health of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and encourage their input to help monitor and track changes. They are seeking an App developer to create an easy to use and visually appealing app. It would need to be designed to function on multiple platforms and require minimal updating/maintenance. For more information please review the Request for Qualifications announcement.
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Gulf of Maine Council, and its unique role enabling cross-border cooperation and knowledge sharing in the Gulf of Maine region. Click here for the Council’s 25th anniversary page, including a downloadable version of the anniversary brochure.
Coastal Zone Canada Conference is in Halifax, June 15 – 19, and Gulf of Maine Council will be holding a special session on the health and long-term sustainability of the Gulf. Click here for the session’s abstract. (DOCX, 30 KB)
The EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) released a smartphone app, available for iOS and Android. [ Click here for more ]