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Guidelines, Codes of Conduct and Preferred Practices: Aquatic Habitats

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The linked documents are maintained by outside agencies and are provided for information purposes. They are not endorsed by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. 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.


Restoring salt marshes: A regional priority
Issues: habitat restoration, flood reduction, climate change adaptation
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment’s webpage on salt marsh restoration is relevant for municipalities, state/provincial governments, and NGOs undertaking a restoration project. A framework for the restoration project is laid out: site selection, defining goals and objectives, baseline data collection, funding opportunities, restoration techniques, etc.

A practitioner’s guide to the design and monitoring of shellfish restoration projects
Issues: habitat restoration
Shellfish restoration projects not only restore populations of shellfish but also provide ecosystem services. This publication begins by describing the importance of shellfish restoration and then proceeds to explain the identification of an appropriate restoration strategy, restoration site selection, and monitoring. This guide is a collaborative effort started at a workshop of The Nature Conservancy and the NOAA Restoration Center and may be of interest to NGOs, municipalities, and state/provincial governments.

Habitat Restoration – Project Planning
Issues: habitat restoration
This webpage by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment outlines a framework for the planning and implementation of habitat restoration projects as well as links to specific information on salt marshes, eelgrass beds, and anadromous fish habitat. This information is targeted at NGOs, municipalities, and state/provincial governments.

Systematic approach to coastal ecosystem restoration
Issues: Habitat restoration
This document, prepared for NOAA and targeted at NGOs, municipalities and state/provincial governments, outlines a systematic framework to coastal restoration: planning, implementation, performance assessment, adaptive management, and dissemination of results. It includes project examples.

Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation—Coastal erosion and flooding
Issues: climate change adaptation, habitat restoration, coastal erosion, flood reduction
This international publication produced by the UNEP Riso Centre looks at a range of technologies and techniques including flood hazard mapping, flood warnings, flood-proofing, storm surge barrier, dune rehabilitation, seawalls, and wetland restoration. The information contained within this manual may be of interest to coastal land/property owners, municipalities, and provincial/state governments.


Funding and Support

Funding and in-kind support for this Guidelines and Codes of Conduct website was provided by Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Maine State Planning Office.


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