The annual Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards recognize innovation, creativity, and commitment to protecting the marine environment. The Art Longard Volunteer Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer within the Gulf of Maine watershed who has made significant contributions to conserving or managing the Gulf’s resources. The Susan Snow-Cotter Award recognizes excellence in coastal management and mentoring. The Industry Award recognizes a business who has contributed to the health of the Gulf.
To read Gulf of Maine Times articles about previous winners,* follow these links:
- 2013: Visionary Awards, Longard Volunteer Award, Sustan Snow-Cotter Award, Industry Award and Sustainable Communities Award
- 2012: Visionary Awards, Longard Volunteer Award: John Archibald, Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award: Dr. David M. Burdick, Industry Award, Connors Brothers, Ltd., Sustainable Communities Award: Scituate Water Division, Department of Public Works
- 2010: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award | Susan Snow-Cotter Award | Industry Award
- 2009: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award | Susan Snow-Cotter Award | Industry Award
- 2008: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award | Susan Snow-Cotter Award
- 2007: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 2005: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 2004:Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 2003: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 2002:Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 2001: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 2000: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 1999: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 1998: Visionary Awards | Longard Volunteer Award
- 1997: Visionary Awards |
*There are no award winners listed for 2011 due to a chance in the Council’s meeting and award ceremony schedule. There are no award winners listed for 2006 due to a change in the Council’s meeting and award ceremony schedule. The 2006 awards are listed for the year 2007. Please view the Visionary Award Winners below under the Provinces’ and States’ sections.
David Getchell, founder of the Maine Island Trail Association
Maine-New Hampshire Port Safety Forum, interagency oil spill
prevention and response planning team (1991).
Esperanza Stancioff, volunteer water quality monitoring organizer
The Friends of the Casco Bay, citizen stewardship group to protect
the Bay (1992).
John Sowles, leadership in coastal monitoring in Maine, Gulfwatch
and the Gulf of Maine Regional Monitoring Plan (1993).
Georges River Tidewater Association, first citizen monitoring
group in Maine, model for water quality monitoring (1993).
Penobscot 2000 Expedition, river curriculum project for all
communities along the Penobscot (1994).
Jeff and Deb Sandler, marine educators working in schools throughout
the Gulf coast for 17 years (1994).
Coastal Enterprises, community economic development corporation
with fisheries programs (1995).
Chewonki Foundation, development of education materials about
the Gulf of Maine (1995).
Sherman Hoyt, worked to open shellfish beds and train clam harvesters
to identify pollution problems (1996).
Gulf of Maine Aquarium of Portland, for innovative education
programs on aquatic environments (1996).
Robin Alden, for pioneering innovative marine resource management
techniques as commissioner of the department of marine resources from
1995 to 1997 and for helping to communicate to the public complex fisheries
issues as founder of commercial fisheries news and the fishermen’s
University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, under
the direction of Dr. Bruce Sidell, for its tremendous contributions
to the public’s understanding of the Gulf of Maine through education
and research (1997).
Penobscot Marine Museum, under the leadership of Executive Director
Renny Stackpole, for chronicling, preserving, and championing the marine
heritage of Maine, and for working to interpret and protect Penobscot
Edward A. Myers, for his pioneering work in the shellfish aquaculture
industry, volunteer work with many coastal conservation organizations,
and advocacy for the protection and wise use of the Gulf of Maine’s
marine resources (1998).
Terry Stockwell, for his extraordinary dedication to the development
and implementation of an innovative approach to the management of Maine’s
lobster fishery (1999).
Kennebec Coalition, for its outstanding grassroots advocacy
and coordination that led to the removal of the Edwards Dam and the
restoration of seventeen miles of the Kennebec River (1999).
Craig Pendleton, for his work with the Northwest Atlantic Marine
Alliance, an organization dedicated to transforming the way individuals
and institutions interact to manage marine resources. Mr. Pendleton
is committed to forging a consensus among diverse groups and to developing
collaborative approaches to managing the Gulf of Maine’s resources
Coastal Conservation Association of Maine, a recreational saltwater
angling organization. The Coastal Conservation Association dedicates
itself to providing the public with saltwater angling opportunities,
conserving marine fisheries, restoring rivers, and returning anadromous
fish to the Gulf of Maine watershed (2000).
Peter Salmansohn, as the education coordinator for Project Puffin,
he has reached more than 6,000 students, and combines classroom visits
with boat rides to view puffins, terns and other seabirds at Egg Rock
Sonja Sundaram and Ben Walter, for creating the 200 acre
Oceanside Meadows Inn and nature preserve. Their nature-based tourism
activities include education on Marine Habitats and opening the Oceanside
Meadows Institute for the Arts and Sciences (2001).
Ted Regan, for founding “Ripple-Effect” (with Aaron Frederick)
and exposing teens to the Maine coastal experience through adventures
in kayaking, geology, culture and the history of the environment (2002).
Aaron Frederick, for founding “Ripple-Effect” (with Ted Regan)
and exposing teens to the Maine coastal experience through adventures
in kayaking, geology, culture and the history of the environment (2002).
Thomas S. Squires, for his lifetime commitment and achievement
in restoring diadromous fish and their habitats in the Gulf of Maine.
His efforts include engaging federal and state agencies, local governments,
communities, business leaders, and non-governmental organizations (2003).
Town of Newport, for their efforts to restore the East Branch of the
Sebasticook River. The Town supported the removal of an old mill dam,
the installation of fish ladders at Sebasticook Lake, and has assisted
with river realignment efforts (2003).
Bill Townsend, volunteer, for his understated “country lawyer” style with the unique ability to break down complicated issues and find creative and balanced solutions (2004).
Maine Coast Heritage Trust, for creating the Maine Land Trust Network as a resource for information sharing and technical assistance throughout Maine’s land trust community and extending into Maritime Canada (2004).
Captain Al and Stacie Crocetti, Hardy Boat, for their work to create and operate a quality sustainable, nature-based tourism business in the Gulf of Maine (2005).
Joan Lyford, for her commitment and stewardship on the restoration work at the beach and salt marsh near her home in Pemaquid (2005).
Dr. Jane Disney, Mount Desert Island Water Quality Coalition, for extraordinary leadership and commitment to monitoring water quality in the waters surrounding Mount Desert Island (2007).
Dr. Susan Shaw, Marine Environmental Research Institute, for her dedication to scientific research and education on the impacts of pollution on marine life and human health, and to protecting the health and biodiversity of the marine environment for future generations (2007).
John Terry, Gulf of Maine Institute, for his efforts to inspire youth and adults to act in
partnership to support environment stewardship of the Gulf of Maine through projects
which include mapping and controlling invasive species, cleaning up marine debris,
supporting habitat restoration of fish, environmental justice, low carbon dieting, and many
more. While John lives in Maine, his impact is felt throughout the Gulf of Maine, with teams
in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts (2008)
Evan Richert, for his extraordinary leadership as Director of the Maine State Planning Office for Governor Angus King, as Chair of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System, and as Director of The Gulf of Maine Area program,
through which positions he has changed the way we think about marine science and ecosystem-based management in the Gulf of Maine region and at the national level (2008).
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, for its
excellence in science, communication, partnerships, education, and stewardship
of the Gulf o Maine coastal ecosystems (2009).
Peter Milholland, for his work with the Friends of
Casco Bay’s volunteers (2010).
Gulf of Maine Research Institute, for its innovative
and leading voice in bringing science, education, and community focus
to the Gulf of Maine (2010).
Christine Tilburg, for her work with the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment’s EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (2012).
Carrie Kinne, for her work with on the Kennebec Estuary (2012).
Ronald Beard, is a University of Maine Cooperative Extension faculty member for over three decades working on organizational development related to sustainable communities, economic development initiatives and marine and coastal resource management issues (2013).
Phyllis Ford, for her volunteer leadership of Kittery and Kittery Point residents to come together to form the Spruce Creek Association (2013).
Jack Crowley, co-founder of Massachusetts Marine Educators Association
Salem Partnership (Salem Sound 2000), public/private coalition
to support water quality programs in the Sound (1991).
Wayne Castonguay, activist in pollution remediation and shellfish
bed restoration (1992).
North & South River Watershed Association, citizen monitoring
and stewardship in the watershed (1992).
David Wiley, founder of the New England Harbor Porpoise Working
Merrimack River Watershed Council, protection of the Merrimack
River and its watershed (1993).
George Heufelder, coordinator of the MA Mini-Bays Program in
Wellfleet harbor (1994).
Saunders Hotel Group, corporate conservation initiatives and
communication campaigns (1994).
Stephen Greene, leadership of Polaroid’s work in environmental
reporting, policy and management (1995).
Neponsett River Watershed Association, coordination of nonpoint
source pollution program in the watershed (1995).
Governor William Weld, leadership in Massachusetts’ environmental
Reaching Out to Chelsea Adolescents (ROCA), for encouraging
leadership in young people in Chelsea and Revere by involving them in
coastal environmental projects (1996).
Toad Hall Bookstore, in recognition of its longstanding support
of a multitude of small, grassroots environmental advocacy and environmental
groups on the North Shore of Massachusetts (1997).
Stormy Mayo of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown,
for his pioneering role in establishing the Marine Mammal Disentanglement
Network which has worked for over 20 years responding to marine mammal
entanglements and effectively heightening public and government concern
for the protection of cetaceans in the entire Gulf of Maine (1997).
Scott Hecker and the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Coastal
Waterbird Program, for their commitment to the protection and restoration
of coastal waterbird populations. The Coastal Waterbird Program has
developed from a small, seasonal project in 1987 to an effective national
model program today. The program is largely responsible for the rapidly
recovering population of the federally threatened Piping Plover, which
has increased in Massachusetts from 126 pairs in 1987 to 490 pairs in
Robert “Stubby” Knowles and Dave Sargeant, for their
effective teamwork in accomplishing tremendous coastal improvements
in the Gloucester / Essex County region through their combination of
technical and practical expertise. As a result of Stubby and Dave’s
unique vision, proactive efforts, and extensive volunteer time, numerous
shellfish beds have been reopened, many Gloucester coastal access sites
have been retained, priority marsh areas have been restored, and water
quality has dramatically improved (1998).
Len Gonsalves, Exec. Director, Buzzards Bay Action Committee,
for his creative and energetic efforts on behalf of Buzzards Bay and
his role in reinvigorating the Buzzards Bay Action Committee (1999).
Maria Burks, Superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore,
for her recognition of the delicate balance between the social, political
and environmental aspects of responsible stewardship (1999).
Henry Lind, who consistently goes beyond the call of duty to
sustain and enhance the environmental resources of his corner of the
Gulf of Maine. In addition to serving as Director of Natural Resources,
Henry is the town’s Shellfish Officer, Harbormaster and Conservation
Commission Agent. Through his 25 years in these positions, he has become
the town expert on coastal issues ranging from oil spills to marine
mammal strandings to boat moorings. Henry’s easy-going but determined
nature combined with his extensive and broad expertise of coastal issues
has earned him the respect of his peers in adjacent towns, state agency
personnel and local citizens (2000).
Maria Van Dusen has long-recognized the importance of taking
a watershed approach to environmental management in Massachusetts and
the greater Gulf of Maine. Through her work both with the Riverways
and Watershed programs, Maria’s “big picture” vision
and forthright “on the ground” approach have made an indelible
imprint on the Massachusetts environment. Never hesitant to speak her
mind, Maria has demonstrated that far-reaching change is made with a
combination of hard work and clear vision (2000).
Rick Karney, for leading the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group,
whose work includes spawning shellfish, training fishermen displaced
by fishing closures, public education, and shellfish population studies
Vivien Li, who as the executive director of The Boston Harbor
Association has played a defining role in considering all interests
while advocating a clean and accessible waterfront, and has advanced
educational, marine debris clean-up and beach improvement programs (2001).
Dr. Moira Brown, for leading the international efforts that
changed shipping routes in the Bay of Fundy in attempts to reduce ship
strikes on Northern Atlantic right whales. She has spent the last 20
years working to protect this most endangered large whale on earth (2002).
Amy Holt Cline, Charles Saulnier, Steve Chinosi, and George
Vanikiotis, these teachers from Essex Agricultural and Technical
High School have used tracking and mapping systems to study the salt
marshes and biological systems; taught GIS and created customized maps
with students on habitat and natural areas; taught literature and song
of the waterways; built wood canvas canoes with students and collected
water quality and macroinvertebrate data during the week-long trip down
the Merrimack River (respectively) (2002).
William A. Hubbard, for his efforts with the environmental assessment
components of the US Army Corps of Engineers projects. His work has
helped develop local watershed-focused proposals, foster collaboration
between private corporations and federal and state agencies, and linked
the support of private corporations with restoration projects (2003).
Mary F. Toomey, for establishing the Weymouth Back River Protective
Association. She was instrumental in the creation of both the Weymouth
Back River Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and the Abigail Adams
State Park (2003).
Salem Sound Coastwatch, for their leadership in protecting coastal habitats, commercial, and recreational marine resources, and water quality (2004).
Congressman Bill Delahunt, for his true vision and leadership demonstrated through his unwavering service to the citizens of Massachusetts in protecting and restoring their environment. heir leadership in protecting coastal habitats, commercial, and recreational marine resources, and water quality (2005).
Jack Buckely, for his demonstrated demonstrated his vision for experiential learning by established the Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research (2005).
Susan Jones Moses, for tirelessly promoting the protection and preservation of the coastal watershed environment of the North Shore of Massachusetts as Essex County Forum’s Circuit Rider (2007).
Essex County Greenbelt Association, for working with communities and protecting more than 11,000 acres of ecological, scenic, historic, and agricultural significance throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts (2007).
David G. Delaney, for seamlessly mixing research and outreach in various creative and innovative ways (2008).
Edward Thomas, Esquire, for his extensive pro bono
public assistance to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Storm Smart Coast Program (2008).
Liz Duff, for her passion and work with the Massachusetts Audubon including education, outreach, and research (2009).
Jan Smith, for his thirteen years of leadership with
the Massachusetts Bays Program of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal
Zone Management (2009).
Jack Wiggin, for his work with the Urban Harbors Institute
at the University of Massachusetts in Boston (2010).
Dr. Judy Pederson, for her work in ensuring that the
best science and scientific peer review processes ere incorporated into
state environmental agency efforts (2010).
Maureen Thomas and Joseph Grady, for their work with the Towns of Kingston and Duxbury (2012).
Kerry Mackin, for her work with the Ipswich River Watershed Assocaition (2012).
Chris Miller, played a key role as part of the team that managed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded Stony Brook effort and successfully restored 20 acres of tidally restricted salt marsh, restored river herring passage, and reduced runoff into Stony Brook/Paine’s Creek (2013).
Jeremy M. Bell, has provided exceptional leadership on some of the most complex coastal restoration projects in New England, including the NOAA stimulus-funded Stony Brook Restoration Project in Brewster, MA and the NRCS Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project (2013).
Elaine Bateman, journalist covering environmental problems of
the Bay of Fundy (1991).
Huntsman Marine Science Centre, marine education and co-sponsor of community coastal zone management efforts (1991).
St. Croix International Waterway Commission, international approach protecting a key part of the Gulf ecosystem (1992).
Peter Pearce, marine wildlife conservationist, naturalist and
educator with the Canadian Wildlife Service (1992).
Janice Harvey, environmental advocate, organizer of Bay of Fundy
– A Case for Community Action Project (1993).
JD Irving Ltd., private sector commitment to environmental protection by establishing the Irving Nature Park (1993).
Martin Thomas, researcher on ecology and environmental impacts
on the Bay of Fundy and nearby wetlands (1994).
Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, development of Fundy
Marine Service Center marine conservation programs (1994).
Garnet Matheson, salmon aquaculture (1995).
St. Croix Estuary Project, volunteer citizens groups to protect
Passamaquoddy Bay (1995).
Dr. Mary Majka, founder of the New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists, for her life long commitment to preserving and enhancing the upper coastal region of the Bay of Fundy (1996).
New Brunswick Museum, for its conservation education programs
on the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine (1996).
ACAP St John, for its work with volunteer citizens’ groups
and private/public agencies to heighten awareness and education regarding the many coastal zone issues in the Saint John Harbour/Estuary Area (1997).
Peter Hicklin, for two decades of outstanding work with the
Canadian Wildlife Service on the shorebirds and the ecology of the Upper
Bay of Fundy, his work has been instrumental in understanding the role
of the intertidal mudflat systems and sustaining the populations of
migrating shorebirds, which are a vital component of these environments (1997)
Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc., in recognition of its outstanding
work in bringing together a diverse assemblage of community stakeholders to work on environmental issues in Southwestern New Brunswick. The organization has worked cooperatively and partnered with government, industry and academia on a series of successful coastal watershed initiatives. (1998).
Dr. William Beverly Scott, Ph.D., D.S.C., F.R.S.C., in recognition
of his outstanding work on the distribution, systematics, behavior and
ecology of the fishes of the Gulf of Maine. Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Scott has served as Honorary Curator of the St. Andrews Biological Station, Executive Director of the Huntsman Marine Laboratory and as a Senior Scientists at the Huntsman Marine Science Center (1998).
Art McKay, for his diverse activities in the Gulf, from establishing
successful commercial Atlantic Salmon sea farms, to consulting activities such as marine inventories, environmental studies and fisheries studies, to publications and art work (1999).
The Nature Trust of New Brunswick, for its dedication to the
preservation of ecologically significant areas in the province through
the creation and maintenance of nature preserves to benefit present
and future generations (1999).
Southern Carleton Elementary School: When staff at Southern
Carleton Elementary School near Woodstock, New Brunswick learned in
1998 that the small hardwood stand adjacent to the playground was an
example of Appalachian Hardwood Forest containing many plants rare or uncommon in the province, they immediately began to look for ways the school could protect and benefit from this unusual asset. Over the next two years, with the support of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and the cooperation of a neighbour who owned the portion of the woodland not owned by the school, staff members developed a plan for the woods to serve as an outdoor “ecological classroom”. They identified
and marked trees and understorey plants, established very low impact
paths, and, perhaps most important, developed kits for teachers demonstrating how the ecological classroom could be used within the curriculum at each grade level. By protecting this stand of rich hardwood forest in a way that teaches children to recognize and appreciate its value, Southern Carleton Elementary School has an influence, which extends well beyond the school and far into the future. Southern Carleton’s AHF woodland is part of the ecologically rich watershed of the Meduxnekeag River, a tributary of the St. John River, the largest river flowing into the Gulf of Maine (2000).
Stephen Wilson, As President of the Meduxnekeag River Association,
Stephen Wilson has spearheaded the work of this nonprofit organization
in developing community stewardship of the ecologically rich Meduxnekeag watershed. Beginning with fish and habitat surveys and water quality monitoring in the river itself, the Association then expanded its approach to include tributary stream restoration and riparian zone activity.
In the Fall of 1998, when an ecologically-significant 150-acre wooded
property with more than 2-km of shoreline came onto the market, Stephen Wilson played a crucial role organizing members and supporters of the Association to guarantee a $125,000 bank loan. This enabled the Association to purchase the property as a nature preserve. Continued local fundraising placed the Association ahead of schedule in its 5-year plan to pay off the loan, and members are looking ahead to the next opportunity to protect more of one of the most ecologically rich watersheds in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. (2000).
David Folster, who with friends pioneered the Saint John River
Society. Their activities include a newsletter, Christmas cards, topographical wall map of the watershed, concerts, and promoting the history of the river (2001).
Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station, for helping
fishers release harbour porpoises from herring weirs, educating visitors
at their museum, contributing to the Right Whale Recovery Plan, helping
whales in trouble, and assisting whale watch operators to develop and
adopt a Code of Ethics to protect marine mammals and seabirds (2001).
Atlantic Salmon Federation, for its efforts to conserve and
restore salmon populations. Their work includes Dam removal, education, developing tagging systems, and helping to end the last commercial fishery in Greenland that targeted the North American wild salmon (2002).
David A. Ganong, for facilitating the transfer of the Ganong
family-owned lands into the Whidden and Eleanor Ganong Nature Park (330 acres – 142 hectares), a conservation trust now managed by the St. Croix Estuary Project (2002).
Bruce Smith, for establishing Seascape Kayak Tours Inc, and
fostering in his clients a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural
history of the area. He supports local environmental and conservation
programs, recognizing them as critical elements of responsible ecotourism (2003).
Big Salmon River Angling Association Inc., for taking a watershed management approach in its efforts to protect and restore habitat on the Big Salmon River. It has effectively engaged governments, research institutions, business and the public in conservation activities (2003).
Edward McLean, Connors Brothers, for his work toward the sustainable development of the fishing industry in the Gulf of Maine (2004).
J.D. Irving Ltd., for its work in watersheds and coastal areas of the Gulf of Maine (2004).
Susan Farquharson, Eastern Charlotte Waterways for her leadership in many programs, working with government in remarkable ways, developing a guidebook for the provincial water classification program, and an information program on illegal dumping (2005).
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, for their work with local groups, foundations, and others to provide instruction and outreach to the public on the Centre’s nature programs and for their stewardship in the Bay of Fundy (2005).
Greg Thompson, for being representative of fishermen since the late 1970s, for his vision of the fishery centers around its connection to the coastal communities where fishermen live and work, and founding the Fundy North Fishermen’s Association, one of the first representative fisheries groups in Atlantic Canada (2007).
Friends of the Musquash, for facilitating the creation of a Marine Protected Area in the Musquash Estuary, which was declared the first Marine Protected Area in New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy (2007).
Sweeney International Management Corporation, or its commitment to work with its clients to ensure long-term environmental sustainability, under the leadership of Bob Sweeney (2008).
Dr. Frederick G. Whoriskey, Atlantic Salmon Federation, for the development of improved sonic tracking systems—in cooperation with an engineering firm, Vemco Ltd, Halifax—to follow the movements of Atlantic salmon in rivers and the ocean (2008).
Atlantic Reference Center, for its biodiversity and applied environmental research since 1984 (2009).
Peter Etheridge, for his work with the Fundy Model Forest and his diverse volunteer work in the Bay of Fundy (2009).
Chris Porter, for his work in forming the Tantramar Wetlands Centre, a community-based Centre of wetlands education (2010).
Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeeper, for their work in restoring tidal flow to the Petitcodiac River (2010).
Nancy MacKinnon, for her leadership in youth education and development of a working program model (2012).
Dr. Jessie L Davies, for her sustainable approaches to development and environmental management (2012).
Lee Sochasky, has worked to protect and enhance the environmental quality of the Gulf of Maine for the last 30 years. Lee was the director of the St. Croix International Waterway Commission from 1989 – 2011.A member of the town Counsel of St. Andrews and a member of the Planning Advisory Board, Lee also works with the IJC International Watershed Board for the St. Croix and the Passamaquoddy on opening the river to alewives (2013).
Julia Steed-Mawson, creative marine education programming (1991).
Friends of Odiorne, fundraising and sponsorship of coastal education
Governor Judd Gregg, leading advocate for the Great Bay National
Wildlife Refuge (1992).
Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests, leaders in
public/private land protection program (1992).
Students of Salem High School, designs of data analysis spreadsheets for annual coastal clean-up data cards (1993).
Town of Seabrook, completion of sand dune restoration (1993).
John Merrill, salt marsh restoration on private land (1994).
Awcomin Marsh Restoration Project, protecting 100 acres of wetlands by restring tidal flow in a salt marsh (1994).
Nicole Median, Girl Scout peer environmental protection program
with coastal clean-up (1995)City of Dover, stormwater management program that includes schools and over 500 volunteers (1995).
Sharon Meeker, a NH marine education specialist, for advancing
education of people of all ages about marine ecology and the Gulf (1996).
Mike Gowell and the Piscataqua Gundalow Project at Strawberry Banke Museum, the project uses a gundalow (replica of a flat bottomed sailing barge used through the early 1900’s) as an educational tool (1996).
Tern Restoration Project, a joint project between the NH Fish
and Game Department and the Audubon Society of NH (1997).
Northeast Petroleum, for their support of coastal and marine
education through curriculum development and financial support for field trips to coastal education centers for economically challenged schools throughout the region, for providing leadership in responsible business and coastal and marine education in the Gulf of Maine watershed (1997).
Advocates for the North Mill Pond of Portsmouth, for their on-going dedication to the protection, restoration and enhancement of the North Mill Pond estuary, including: an annual shoreline cleanup, salt marsh restoration through grass planting and mussel seeding, water quality monitoring, storm drain stenciling, community awareness and outreach, and publication of the study entitled “The State of the North
Mill Pond (1998).
Sue Foote of Seabrook, for her continued dedication to the protection, restoration and enhancement of the natural resources in coastal New Hampshire. As an active member of the Seabrook Conservation Commission and Planning Board, Sue has spearheaded wetlands and salt marsh projects among other efforts. She is an active participant in programs sponsored by the NH Estuaries Project, Great Bay Watch, NH Coastal Program, and UNH’s Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (1998).
City of Rochester Public Works Department, for its commitment
to the protection and restoration, and enhancement of the Cocheco River (1999).
Erik Anderson, for his tireless dedication to the protection
and restoration of New Hampshire’s fisheries, marine mammals,
and small independent fishing businesses (1999).
Linda Kukis Scherf, for her untiring commitment to protecting
the Gulf of Maine watershed, by sharing her knowledge of the environment with others and taking direct actions to safeguard environmental quality.
As a teacher at Saint Mary Academy in Dover, New Hampshire, Scherf brings her passion about the environment to her students. They have “adopted” Wallis Sands in Rye, NH and organize coastal clean ups at that site throughout the year. Scherf is a long-time participant in the Great
Bay Coast Watch, a volunteer water quality monitoring program, and her
students sample water quality on the Cocheco River as part of that program.
Scherf and her students participate in the Gulf of Maine Institute Without
Walls youth stewardship program. When she is not teaching, Scherf serves as Chair of the Cocheco River Watershed Coalition. She samples water along the Mad and Cocheco Rivers for the Coalition’s “Cocheco
River Watch”, which is part of the state’s Volunteer River Assessment Program. Scherf also serves as a member of the Dover Conservation
The University of New Hampshire Marine Docents, for 20 years
of increasing public awareness of the marine environment through their
volunteer efforts as trained community outreach volunteers. The Docents create and present programs that include descriptions of New Hampshire’s rocky shores, salt marshes, and beaches, as well as aquaculture and technical aspects of wave and tidal action. Many Docents work with school children, bringing presentations about the marine and coastal environments to schools, 4-H clubs, and scout groups. The Docents also conduct tours of the Shoals Marine Laboratory and Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, and act as field guides and instructors at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, and the Sandy Point Discovery Center in Stratham on Great Bay. Over 400 Docents have been trained over the history of the project. The Docents currently reach between 15,000 and 20,000 people per year (2000).
Richard Langan, as co-director of the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology, he has participated in efforts to develop technologies and techniques that monitor and prevent contamination and habitat degradation in estuarine and coastal waters (2001).
Henry Mixter and the Town of North Hampton, for raising more
than $70,000 (Cdn $115,500) for the restoration project of the Little
River Salt Marsh. This project also eliminated the flood risk for 42
Outreach & Education Committee (City of Dover), who organized workshops for residents and businesses about the fiscal and environmental advantages of preserving undeveloped lands. This lead to a change in zoning regulations to manage residential growth and protect natural resources, and joint initiatives with businesses and land conservationists to preserve open space and control development (2002).
Barbara Baird, for participating in the Great Bay Coast Watch
water monitoring program. Over the years she has trained and educated
dozens of volunteers, and continues to monitor the entrance of the Winniconic River (2002).
Danna Truslow, who as the Executive Director of the Seacoast
Land Trust has been instrumental in creating maps of Seacoast NH watersheds to target the most important parcels for conservation protection. She is also directly responsible for monitoring a 200-acre Great Bog in Portsmouth (2003).
Isinglass River Protection Project, whose efforts
designated (in 2002) the Isinglass River as one of the 14 state rivers
under the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program. In addition, for bringing residents together from the three surrounding
riparian towns to protect the River (2003).
Steve Jones, Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, for developing a specialized lab at the Jackson Estuarine Lab to conduct microbial source tracking (MST), a sophisticated genetic analysis of bacteria found in polluted waters in order to identify the source species responsible for the pollution (2004).
Tricia Miller, Advocates for the North Mill Pond, for her numerous contributions to the work of the Advocates for the North Mill Pond (Portsmouth) and other seacoast environmental organizations (2004).
Dean Peschel, City of Dover, for his progressive work in identifying and cleaning up pollution from sewage, pet waste, and stormwater; resulting in better water quality and improved shellfish harvest conditions (2005).
Lorie Chase, Cocheco River Watershed Coalition, for her leadership in forming the coalition, defining its mission, developing a restoration plan, and bring together people in the watershed to address fish barriers, bank erosion, debris removal, septic systems, and agricultural waste (2005).
Great Bay Stewards, for their dedication to the long-term protection of Great Bay by supporting education, research and lasting stewardship of the estuary (2007).
Jen Kennedy and Diane Shulte, Blue Ocean Society, for their commitment to ocean health and education as evidenced by the success of the Blue Ocean Society (2007).
Dr. David M. Burdick, Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, for his efforts in salt marsh restoration, marine and estuarine education, and promotion of the function and services that wetlands and coastal habitats provide (2008).
Susan Foote, Seabrook Planning Board and Seabrook Conservation Commission,
for her tireless work in managing and protecting Seabrook’s critical resources—fresh water wetlands; tidal wetlands; wildlife habitat; beaches and dunes, as well as her dedication to the preservation and maintenance of conservation lands in connection with the development of commercial, industrial, and residential projects (2008).
Jody Connor, for his enormous life-long contributions to the field of limnology and his approaches to policy, education, outreach, and mentoring (2009).
Pete Richardson, for his work as a Great Bay Coast Watch-er and his many other volunteer activities in the coastal watersheds
City of Portsmouth, for a decade of environmental vision and performance (2010).
John Halloran, for his visionary commitment to promoting youth as citizen stewards of the Gulf of Maine (2010).
Ann Smith, for her engaging and empowering approach to education and citizen involvement in North Mill Pond and Hodgson Brook (2012).
Laurel Cox, for her work in helping to conserve more than 2,700 acres along New Hampshire’s Lamprey River and its tributaries, and some 955 acres in the Oyster River watershed (2013).
Deborah S. Loiselle, and her project partners have restored 160 miles of rivers through removal of 17 dams in New Hampshire with 10 of those in the Gulf of Maine (2013).
Henry Surette, promotion of waste oil collection program for
Brier Island Ocean Study, establishment of the Adopt-a-Whale
program and research on humpback and right whales (1991).
Michael McAdam, Colchester River Enhancement Association (1992).
Clean Annapolis River Project, volunteer environmental monitoring
and fish habitat restoration (1992).
Graham Daborn, research and community based environmental efforts to manage Bay of Fundy region (1993).
Clyde River Committee, community work to protect heritage of
Clyde River and public support for resource protection (1993).
Harry Thurston, science and nature writer, author of Tidal Life:
A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy (1994).
Cumberland County River Enhancement Association, community stewardship of Bay of Fundy watersheds (1994).
Ted d’Eon, birdwatcher, naturalist, researcher (1995).
County of Annapolis and Community of Bear River, establishment of solar sewage treatment system (1995).
Dr. Derek Davis, for his years of work in conservation, including
developing a province wide environmental education program (1996).
Digby East Fish and Game Association of Nova Scotia, for raising
awareness of fish and wildlife issues, working to reduce potential damage
from development and working to protect and restore wildlife populations (1996).
Nova Scotia Power Inc., in recognition of research and enhancement
of fisheries and fish habitats in the Annapolis, Bear, Black, Nictaux,
Tusket, and Gaspereaus Rivers (1997).
Steve Hawboldt, in recognition of his dedication to environmental
education and involvement in community stewardship initiatives in the
Gulf of Maine (1997).
Clean Nova Scotia Foundation, in recognition of their leadership
and facilitation of community programs on issues relating to beach clean
up, environmental restoration, conservation and enhancement throughout Nova Scotia and for their role as coordinators of the Gulf-wide Beach Cleanup Program for Year of the Ocean 1998 (1998).
Art Longard, as a founding member of the Gulf of Maine Council
program in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the Gulf
of Maine Council Program, for his support of collaborative management
of the Gulf on an ecosystem basis, his belief in citizen volunteerism
as an essential component for sustainability of natural resources (1998).
Dr. Jon Percy, for many years of dedicated scientific research
on marine and terrestrial ecosystems, publications, and involvement
with community based organizations to promote public understanding of scientific principles and ecosystem dynamics (1999).
Salmon River Association, in recognition of its leadership
in the development and implementation of an environmental education
program for elementary school students on the life cycles of Atlantic
Salmon, habitat protection, and restoration, and its extensive volunteer
effort to restore salmon populations in the Salmon, Meteghan, and Clare
Rivers (1999) .
Dr. Mike Brylinsky, in recognition of many years of environmental
education, dedicated scientific research and publications on estuarine,
marine, and freshwater ecosystems of the Bay of Fundy, and for his involvement in community-based initiatives providing scientific advice and promoting understanding of ecosystem functions, dynamics, and sustainable management practices (2000).
Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre, in recognition of their
success as a community-based institution providing facilitation services,
capacity development and technical support to enable communities to
assume a greater role in integrated management of coastal resources
Walton Rector (individual award) and The Cape Chignecto Management Committee (group award), Mr. Rector was the first chair of the committee, whose efforts and planning helped develop Cape Chignecto Provincial park – the largest in the province with 4,200 hectares (10,000 acres) and 29 kilometers (18 miles) of pristine coastline. The park is managed by the committee (2001).
Dr. Martin Willison, for initiating Gulf-wide discussions about
protecting and sustaining healthy marine environments and biodiversity, and for helping to initiate the first international symposium on deep-sea corals (2002).
Ducks Unlimited Canada, for impacting 17,686 hectares (43,701
acres) of wetland and associated upland habitats in Nova Scotia since
the 1970’s. Their work includes creating freshwater wetlands, conserving landscapes with wetland habitats, and working with landowners to restore riparian buffer zones, promote soil conservation, and on wastewater management projects (2002).
Dr. Kenneth Mann, in recognition of his scientific research
in the ecology of temperate near-shore ecosystems; his role in resource
and ecosystem protection; writing scientific publications and textbooks
in marine ecology and coastal management; as a distinguished professor,
and a scientist emeritus at Bedford Institute of Oceanography (2003).
Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee, for their role in the development of mechanisms to manage, promote understanding, and exchange and disseminate coastal information; for promoting integrated coastal zone management initiatives; and forming alliances among government, academia, and the private sector (2003).
Friends of the Cornwallis River Society, for its dedication and commitment to the restoration and protection of the aquatic habitats of the Cornwallis River watershed, and the development of a fisheries management plan for the Cornwallis River (2004).
Dr. J. Sherman Bleakney, for his commitment and dedication to science for over 50 years as a distinguished zoologist and marine biologist, researcher, historian, and scientific writer; scientific reports and papers on shorebirds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, sponges; and numerous textbooks (2004).
Warren Patton, for his his leadership and commitment to the protection of Nova Scotia marshlands for the purpose of preserving their natural values, and for the establishment of a wildlife preservation area on St. Mary’s Bay (2005).
Saltmarsh Restoration Team at the Ecology Action Centre, in recognition of its dedication and commitment as the driving force behind Nova Scotia’s first community-based saltmarsh restoration project in the Bay of Fundy at Chevrie Marsh in the Minas Basin (2005).
Clifford Drysdale, for his his vision in founding the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute as a community based research centre to support goals of sustainable use of natural resources, community development, maintenance of biodiversity, and environmental improvement in southwestern Nova Scotia (2007).
Nova Scotia Coastal Communities Network, for their commitment and dedication in establishing a volunteer community network as a forum for discussion, collaboration, information exchange, and development of strategies and actions to promote social-economic well-being and sustainability of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities. CCN is also recognized for providing community learning opportunities, and facilitating community based research on issues of importance to rural development (2007).
Dr. Tony Charles, Saint Mary’s University, for his teaching and research on interdisciplinary aspects of natural resource management, notably in fisheries, aquaculture and coastal management (2008).
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, for demonstrated leadership and commitment to sustainability by establishing a Municipal Sustainability Office (2008).
Maritime Fishermen’s Union, for its approach to conserve the health of the environment that feeds their livelihood: the sea (2009).
Danika van Proosdij, for her research in coastal environments
at Saint Mary’s University and her work with the Maritime Provinces
Spatial Analysis Research Center (2009).
Barrington Municipal High School, for the Environment
Club’s ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance environmental quality
in the Gulf of Maine watershed and coastal environments (2010).
Tim Webster, for his long-standing dedication and leadership in the development and application of remote sensing technologies,
which has greatly increased knowledge and improvement management in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine (2010).
Tony M Bowron and Nancy C Neatt, for their work with CB Wetland and Environmental Specialists and dedication and commitment to saltmarsh restoration (2012).
Roger Outhouse, for his contributions to his community and the environmental work done by his Gulf of Maine Institute youth team (2012).
Dr. Gareth Harding,has been a dedicated researcher for over 40 years, exemplifying the commitment of knowledge, skills, time and energy demanded of an outstanding marine environmental scientist.Dr. Harding served the Council as an original member and early Canadian Co-Chair of the Gulfwatch team (2013).