“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 Working Group serves the Gulf of Maine Council by working with Council members to develop and implement a 5-year Action Plan and shorter term work plans for GOMC initiatives. The Working Group is made up of representatives of state and provincial governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; US and Canadian federal agencies including Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Environment Protection Agency, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Department of Interior; and committee co-chairs. The Working Group meets regularly to promote bi-national and cross-jurisdictional efforts toward a healthy Gulf of Maine ecosystem.
|Working Group Chair (2016-2018)
Christie Ward, New Brunswick
Darryl Eisan, Nova Scotia Department of Intergovernmental Affairs
Christie Ward, New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government
Theresa Torrent, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Steve Couture, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Prassede Vella, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Jack Schwartz, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Federal Agencies Representatives
Heather Breeze, Fisheries and Oceans Canada*
Rebecca Newhall, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration*
Kathryn Parlee, Environment and Climate Change Canada*
Ann Rodney, U.S. Environment Protection Agency
Walter Barnhardt, U.S. Department of Interior
Committee Co-Chairs (Please refer to Projects)
W.S. (Bill) Appleby, Environment Canada
Ellen Mecray, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
John Catena, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
James Latimer, U.S. Environment Protection Agency
Betsy Nicholson, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
Glen Herbert, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Christian Krahforst, University of Massachusetts
Peter Wells, Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership
*Hold a Committee Co-Chair position
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