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Fund Development Contractor September 24, 2013

The Gulf of Maine Association, which supports the activities of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, seeks a Fund Development Contractor to write proposals for both public and private sources for immediate and long term needs and to pursue long term foundation and government funding strategies.

For more details, please view the link to the full Request For Proposals below.

GOMA RFP – Fund Development Contractor.doc (< 1 mb, DOC)
GOMA RFP – Fund Development Contractor.pdf (< 1 mb, PDF)

Climate Network Coordination and Preparing Canadian Climate Website Content, for Integrated Planning and Decision-making – Request for Qualifications Updated: August 6, 2013

The Council is seeking contractor/s to carry out two main components of this project: (1) Climate Network coordination and workshop assistance, and (2) Entering Canadian climate website content, for integrated planning and decision-making. For more details, please see the attached RFP.

GOMC RFQ Climate Network Coordination GOMC RFQ Climate Network Coordination (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 120 kb)

GOMC RFQ Climate Network Coordination (2) GOMC RFQ Climate Network Coordination (MS Word DOX, 97 kb)

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment – Habitat Restoration Grants Program Request for Letters of Intent for 2013 Projects October 19, 2012

The Habitat restoration grants program has released a request for Letters of Intent (LOIs). The period for online submittals of LOIs is October 26 – November 23, 2012.

Click here to download the RFP (pdf format, 128 kb)

Click here to learn more about the GOMC Habitat Restoration Grants Program.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment unveils new five-year action plan December 7, 2011

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment released today the 2012–2017 Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Action Plan, which presents the goals, outcomes and activities that the Council will pursue in its ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy and its watersheds to allow for sustainable resource use.

Click here to download the Press Release (MS Word format, 41 kb)

Click here to download the Letter to the Legislature (MS Word format, 16 kb)

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment 2007-2012 Action Plan achieves great results November 28, 2011

New Brunswick Environment Minister, and 2011-12 Chair of the Gulf of Maine Council, Margaret-Ann Blaney announced today the results of the 2007-2012 Gulf of Maine Council’s Action Plan.

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is a Canada/U.S. partnership of government agencies, non-government organizations and business interests which exchange information and engage in long-term planning to protect and enhance the environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine and its watersheds.

Click here to download the Press Release (MS Word format, 49 kb)

Regional Partnership between the NOAA Restoration Center and the Association of U.S. Delegates to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment – Habitat Restoration Grants Program – 2012 – Request for Proposals (RFP) October 27, 2011

Habitat restoration grants RFP is released. Online submittals of Optional Letters of Intent are due on November 30, 2011. The period for submitting Online Applications is February 1 – 29, 2012.

Click here to download the RFP (MS Word format, 287 kb)

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment & Northeast Regional Ocean Council Request for Proposals (RFP) September 7, 2011

New England Municipal Coastal Resilience Initiative – Stimulating Innovation and Increasing the Pace of Municipal Responses to Climate Impacts along the Coast

Click here to download the RFP (PDF format, 172 kb)

Obama Administration Marks Next Steps in Implementing Nation’s First Ocean Stewardship Policy June 2, 2011

RELEASE: Obama Administration Marks Next Steps in Implementing Nation’s First Ocean Stewardship Policy with Series of National Ocean Month Public Events


Contact: Sahar Wali (CEQ)
June 2, 2011
(202) 395-5428
Rick Weiss (OSTP)
(202) 456-6037

Obama Administration Marks Next Steps in Implementing Nation’s First Ocean Stewardship Policy with Series of National Ocean Month Public Events

WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama Administration took another important step to implement the nation’s first comprehensive ocean policy by launching a series of events aimed at gathering public input from the communities and economies that depend on and care for our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Feedback and comments gathered through this public engagement will assist the National Ocean Council as it implements a new National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our coasts, and the Great Lakes.

Under the Executive Order issued by President Obama last July that established the National Ocean Policy, the National Ocean Council is charged with implementing that policy. The National Ocean Council will host a series of public listening sessions across the country starting next week. Listening sessions will be held throughout the month of June in Washington, DC, Barrow, AK, Anchorage, AK, Chicago, IL, Jacksonville, FL, Honolulu, HI, Exeter, NH, Galveston, TX, Ocean Shores, WA, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, West Long Branch, NJ, and Portland, OR.

These listening sessions mark the latest milestone in implementing a robust ocean policy that will address the most critical issues facing our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes and ensure that Federal resources in these domains are used wisely. The National Ocean Council’s efforts will bring together State, local, and tribal governments and all of the ocean’s users – including recreational and commercial fishermen, boaters, industry, environmental groups, scientists, and the public – to better plan for, manage, harmonize, and sustain the uses that healthy oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes support.

In addition, the National Ocean Council has launched a month-long online public review period for nine draft strategic action plan outlines. These strategic action plans will propose attainable goals and specific, measureable actions the Federal government can take to address key challenges facing our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Today, nine draft outlines were released for public comment, including: incorporating ecosystem-based management; implementing coastal and marine spatial planning; informing decisions and improving understanding to respond to changes and challenges facing our resources; improving coordination and support for Federal, state, tribal, local and regional management of our resources; addressing changing conditions in the Arctic; enhancing water quality; implementing a regional ecosystem restoration and protection strategy; strengthening and integrating ocean, coastal and great lakes observations, mapping and infrastructure, and strengthening the resiliency of coastal communities and their abilities to adapt to climate change impacts. These outlines were drafted with input from a wide range of stakeholders. To participate in providing feedback for the strategic action plans or to get more information on listening sessions please visit

Later in June, the National Ocean Council will host State, regional, tribal, and local representatives, experts, and stakeholders from around the country at a national workshop focused on regional collaboration and soliciting public input in planning for the conservation and sustainable use of our ocean resources.

In a joint statement, National Ocean Council Co-Chairs Nancy Sutley and John P. Holdren said: “Our oceans, coasts and, Great Lakes support tens of millions of jobs and generate trillions of dollars each year for our economy through tourism, development, commercial and recreational fishing, energy, and waterborne commerce. The public’s input will help us target limited Federal resources to where they are needed most to help our oceans and coastal economies and communities thrive.”

To obtain a copy of these strategic action plan outlines and provide your comments on them, please visit

To find a National Ocean Council regional listening session near you, please visit


Passing of Kenneth Mann – GOM Visionary Award Winner January 27, 2010

MANN, Kenneth Henry – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather and friend, in Halifax, on January 24th at the age of 86. He was born in Dovercourt, England to the late Henry and Mabel (Ashby) Mann. He was predeceased by a brother Eric (age 3) and is survived by sister, Margaret Needle, England. He is survived by his much loved wife, Isabel (Ness), to whom he was married for 63 years. Survived also by his children, Ian (Lois), Sheila, Colin (Shelley) and grandchildren Jenna, Rebecca, Graham, Alex and Malcolm. He greatly enjoyed visits by nieces, nephews and their families from the United Kingdom.

Ken was born in Aug., 1923 and spent his childhood and early schooling in Dovercourt, Essex. At the age of 11, he was successful in sitting a scholarship exam gaining entry to the local High School. During his school years, cycling was a major hobby and he covered up to 80 miles a day with friends around the countryside. The Second World War began while Ken was in High School and at the age of 17 was, along with his sister and fellow students, evacuated away from the English coast to an inland village where he finished his High School. Again, his bicycle was his main connection with his parents and grandparents and he would regularly cycle 100 miles in a day for visits. Following High School, Ken started Teacher Training College at St. Luke’s in Exeter, however by the spring of 1942, bombs began raining down on St. Luke’s College and the students and staff were transferred to Cheltenham. He was then offered the opportunity to take a 6 week summer school in electronics at Exeter University and eventually was accepted into the Air Force as an officer. He served in the RAF until the end of the war at which time he returned to St. Luke’s, however this time in the company of Isabel, who he met at a radar station during the war, and married in 1946 in Scotland. He earned a B.Sc in 1949, a Ph.D in 1953 from the University of Reading and a D.Sc, awarded by University of London in 1965. In 1967, Ken and Isabel, with their three children, emigrated to Canada, where Ken took up a position at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. It was a great transition, but the family settled in and the move to Canada became permanent.

Ken’s scientific career at both BIO and Dalhousie University spanned well over 25 years and he continued to write and publish until quite recently. He was Professor and Chairman of Biology at Dalhousie University from 1972-80 and was Director of the Marine Ecology Laboratory at BIO from 1980-87. Over the years, he was a mentor to post-doctoral students, many of whom remained lifelong friends to both he and Isabel. He published over 170 papers in scientific journals and authored or co-authored a number of books. Ken’s significant achievements in the Aquatic Sciences and his role as a model for students were recognized in 1994 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. In 2003, he was presented with the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award by the Council on the Marine Environment for his commitment and leadership as an internationally recognized Marine Ecologist. He was awarded, in 2008, an Honorary Degree by Cape Breton University.

Throughout his life, he shared with Isabel his love of gardening which had been instilled in him by his father. His passion for nature was enjoyed with Isabel and their children, and with a constant stream of relatives and friends, at their summer cottage on Cox Lake, where they spent time both summer and winter. The cottage was the location for many gatherings with close friends and family. Ken’s love of classical music was constant with regular attendance at symphony concerts over many years. He derived great pleasure from his attendance at his grandchildren’s school concerts, hockey games, and graduation ceremonies. He was a longstanding active member of the Gurdjieff Society of Atlantic Canada where he has many dear friends. He will be greatly missed by all friends and family.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 30th, 2010 at St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 1537 Brunswick St, Halifax, with a reception immediately following in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials or contributions may be made to the Arthritis Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation or nature charity of your choice.

Winter 2009-2010 Gulf of Maine Times is available now December 14, 2009
The first online-only edition of the Gulf of Maine Times is ready. We hope you enjoy this issue, which is primarily devoted to the ocean in light of the president’s focus on ocean issues and the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. You may read about historic exploration of the Gulf of Maine, historic fisheries, man-made sound and its effect on marine animals, and much more, including reviews of books on some local fishes as well as ocean trash. Since the Times is available only online, we are concerned that we might miss making contact with some of our longtime, traditional paper subscribers. Please forward this link to anyone you know who may be interested in the Times and encourage them to circulate the notice as well, so we can accrue as many electronic subscribers as possible. Thanks in advance. Nancy Griffin, editor.

Click here for the Winter 2009-2010 issue.

New, Comprehensive Ecosystem Restoration Collaborative February 13, 2009
The Gulf of Maine Council, in partnership with a growing coalition of public and private partners is working to develop and implement a unified ecosystem restoration strategy for the Gulf of Maine. This initiative parallels similar efforts for the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, Everglades, Louisiana Coast, Puget Sound, and other major ecosystems. Although there is already excellent restoration and protection work underway in the Gulf of Maine by hundreds of non-governmental organizations and local, state, and federal agencies, the region suffers from the lack of a comprehensive and coordinated restoration strategy. Currently, for example, there is no one source of information that describes the hundreds of efforts underway around the Gulf of Maine, nor a compilation of future restoration priorities. Collaboration partners, therefore, are working to draw on the region’s existing programs and restoration plans and identify what other projects should be considered in a comprehensive strategy, as well as the costs and timeframes for those activities. To learn more, visit

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