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Welcome to the State of the Gulf of Maine

postcard_350x2501 The Gulf of Maine is a dynamic, changing ecosystem. Bordered by the northeastern United States and the Canadian Maritime Provinces, the Gulf of Maine is one of the largest semi-enclosed coastal seas in North America. It is recognized as one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems with various marine and estuarine habitats, such as salt marshes, seagrass beds, tidal mud flats, underwater rocky outcrops, and kelp beds. Over 10 million people live in the Gulf of Maine watershed. Along its western and northern shores lie the cities and towns of coastal Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The Gulf has supported a long tradition of fishing, marine transportation, coastal development, and recreation, and continues to be a valuable resource for the people who live and work in the region.

Contents

The State of the Gulf of Maine Report is a modular, living document made up of a context document and a series of theme or issue papers.

Introduction

Climate Change

Coastal Development

Contaminants

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Eutrophication

Aquatic Habitats

Biodiversity

Emerging Issues

Actions and Responses

Each State of the Gulf theme paper has an “Actions and Responses” section that briefly discusses how the issues highlighted in the paper are being addressed. This section doesn’t list every possible action that is or could be taken. Many other documents—such as guidelines, best management practices, and codes of conduct—have been developed for carrying out activities. Some of these guidelines can be found here.

These links are provided for information purposes and are not endorsed by the Gulf of Maine Council. The linked documents may recommend techniques that do not meet the requirements of Gulf of Maine Council member agencies. They may also contravene regulations in readers’ jurisdictions. Before undertaking activities, readers should check laws, regulations and guidelines in their home jurisdiction. The supporting agencies do not make any warranty or representation, expressed or implied, with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information.

Source: Action Plan 2007-2012

We hope the State of the Gulf reports provide useful information for your endeavours in the Gulf of Maine, and we look forward to your feedback.

Acknowledgements

The State of the Gulf of Maine Report is coordinated and funded by:

DFO

Additional funding and in-kind support provided by:

Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Co-chair

Heather Breeze
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

U.S. Co-chair

Rebecca Newhall
NOAA

Editorial Committee

Robert Capozi
NB Department of Environment and Local Government

Melanie MacLean
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Anne Donovan
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

Liz Hertz
Maine Coastal Program

Communications

Theresa Torrent
Maine Coastal Program

James Cradock
Yellahoose

If you have any questions about the State of the Gulf of Maine Report or would like to be involved in writing a theme paper, please contact:

Heather Breeze
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Tel: 902.426.9851