“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.
Arno, A. and Smith, A. E. 2004. Improving links between science and coastal management: A survey to assess science and technology needs in the Gulf of Maine. Part 1 (21p.) Part 2 (63p.). University of New Hampshire.
Bertrum, H.M., Cordes, R.E. and Wells, P.G. 2007. Assessing the Diffusion and Impact of Grey Literature Published by International Intergovernmental Scientific Groups: The Case of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Publishing Research Quarterly (2007) 23:30–46. (PDF, 337 KB)
Coon, John R. 2005. A survey and synthesis of significant U.S. law and priorities influencing governance in the Gulf of Maine region. University of New Hampshire. 48p. (PDF, 678 KB).Appendix A. Appendix B. Appendix C.
Cordes, Ruth E. 2006. Gulf of Maine Council Publications and Their Use. Dalhousie University, Canada. 102p. (PDF, 2.64 MB)
Courtney, F. and Wiggin, J. 2003. Ocean zoning for the Gulf of Maine: A background paper prepared for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. NOAA. 33p. (PDF)
Ernst, Marjorie. 2004. A survey of coastal managers’ science and technology needs prompts a retrospective look at science-based management in the Gulf of Maine. NOAA. 12p. (PDF, 303 KB)
Gulf of Maine Council. 2004.Regional ecosystem indicators for the Gulf of Maine: Fisheries, contaminants, and coastal development . Report prepared for the Gulf of Maine Summit. (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Gulf of Maine Council. 2018. Gulf of Maine Council, 2017 – 2019 Work Plan. (PDF, 422 KB)
Gulf of Maine Council. 2018. Gulf of Maine Council Framework for Action, 2018-2022. (PDF, 2.11 MB)
Harrington, J., Swasey, J. and D. Aldous. 2007. Industry Engagement with the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment . Report to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. MRAG Americas. 45p. (PDF, 353 KB)
Jones, Barry C. 2006. Report on a Survey of Selected Major Marine Industries in the Gulf of Maine: Sustainability, Priorities, and the Council. Report to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Gryffyn Coastal Management, Inc. 18p. (PDF, 1.1 MB)
McDougall, P. T., M. Janowicz, and R. Franks Taylor. 2007. Habitat classification in the Gulf of Maine: A review of schemes and a discussion of related regional issues. Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. 15 pp. (PDF, 1.3 MB).
Noji, T. et al. 2004. Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative: A framework for ocean management. Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. 30p. (PDF, 1.1 MB)
RARGOM. 2005. A Review of the Gulfwatch Program 1993-2004 (PDF, 266 KB)
Taylor, P. and Atkinson, J. Seascapes: Getting to Know the Sea Around Us. A Guide to Characterizing Marine and Coastal Areas. Quebec-Labrador Foundation. 84p. (PDF, 10.4 MB)
Taylor, Peter H. 2008. Salt Marshes in the Gulf of Maine: Human Impacts, Habitat Restoration, and Long-term Change Analysis. Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. iv+42 p. (PDF, 3.8 MB)
Tyrrell, M.C. 2005. Gulf of Maine Marine Habitat Primer. Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. vi+54 pages. (PDF)
Wake, C. et al. Cross-border Indicators of Climate Change Over the Past Century: Northeastern United States and Canadian Maritime Region. Ed. Burtis, B. Clean Air-Cool Planet. 40p. (PDF, 2.7 MB)
American eels: Restoring a vanishing resource in the Gulf of Maine (PDF, 2.93 MB).
Salt marshes of the Gulf of Maine: Long-term monitoring to assess human impacts and ecological condition
The EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) released a smartphone app, available for iOS and Android. [ Click here for more ]
The new version of the Monitoring Map contains over 13,000 (!) separate monitoring sites with associated information served on a Google Earth platform. [ Click here for more ]