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25 Years of Action

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. To celebrate the Council’s achievements and prepare for the next 25 years of action, the Council has planned several activities and events.

Facing Change

Facing Change in the Gulf of Maine Region describes the programs and activities undertaken by the Council to maintain the productivity and resilience of the Gulf Maine ecosystem and the human communities that depend on it. It challenges us all to take action.

Celebrating Achievement, Preparing for Future Challenge

The Council is hosting two events in conjunction with its June 2014 meeting and the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

  • Take part in our special session on June 17, 2014 at Coastal Zone Canada, “Voices of the Gulf of Maine,” to better understand and learn more about this unique cross-border area. We will discuss the importance of collaboration to sustain the Gulf of Maine’s natural heritage and its use by communities and industries. An abstract of the special session can be found here. Conference registration is required for attendance, see
  • Celebrate the achievements of 17 outstanding individuals and organizations from Canada and the U.S. A special Gulf of Maine Council 25th anniversary reception and awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 17th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The reception is open to the public (no conference registration required) and will be held in conjunction with the Coastal Zone Canada poster session beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Room 100 at the World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC).  Gulf of Maine Council remarks and presentation of awards will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 at the WTCC.

Explore the Gulf of Maine through Geocaching

Get out and learn more about the Gulf of Maine! The Gulf of Maine Council and partner organizations have set up 25 geocache sites around the Gulf of Maine for you to explore for our 25th anniversary year. A limited edition geocache coin will reward the most intrepid geocachers. Click here for our main geocache page, launched in July 2014.

Don’t know anything about geocaching but want to try it? This website explains geocaching for beginners.

Voices of the Gulf of Maine – Coming to a Location near You

A multimedia presentation, “Voices of the Gulf of Maine,” will be visiting marine education and resource centers around the Gulf of Maine throughout 2014. The presentation visualizes the beautiful, yet fragile setting of the Gulf of Maine. The Gulf is one of the world’s most biologically productive environments and has supported subsistence fishing for millennia and commercial fishing for hundreds of years. How can we ensure it continues to be a productive, healthy ecosystem for generations to come?

Dates/locations to be announced.

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