Proceedings from the Workshop Integrating Seafloor Mapping and Benthic Ecology into Fisheries Managment in the Gulf of Maine held April 15-16, 2009 in Portland, Maine
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Mapping the Gulf of Maine seafloor is one of the essential first steps for achieving effective management of the region’s marine environments.
The Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) is a U.S.-Canadian partnership of government and nongovernment organizations to conduct comprehensive seafloor imaging, mapping, and biological and geological surveys. GOMMI grew out of a mapping workshop in October 2001 that was sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Gulf of Maine Council endorses GOMMI, and the GOMMI Steering Committee is a subcommittee of the Council. Currently, GOMMI is working to secure funding and conduct a mapping program of areas in the Gulf of Maine not already mapped by multibeam sonar surveys.
GOMMI has released its strategic plan for review and comment. Download the document by clicking the following links.
Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative: A Framework for Ocean Management
In December 2006, Susan Snow-Cotter, a steering committee member of the Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) and director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), died of inflammatory breast cancer. Susan’s vision and leadership were instrumental in establishing GOMMI and advancing seafloor mapping in the Gulf of Maine. Through GOMMI and many other programs, she was a leader in coastal and ocean management in the Gulf of Maine and beyond.
- Issue 3 (November 2008): PDF version (84 KB)
- Issue 2 (July 2007): PDF version (84 KB) or Word version (89 KB)
- Issue 1 (July 2006): PDF version (88 KB)
- Map of areas covered by high-resolution bathymetric surveys as of February 2009
- Overview of mapping technologies
- General information about GOMMI and seafloor mapping (PowerPoint, 4.8 MB)
- On April 11, 2006, GOMMI presented a poster entitled Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative: A Framework For Regional Fisheries Research And Management (PDF, 183 KB) at the conference on "Geographic Information Systems and Ocean Mapping in Support of Fisheries Research and Management."
- Summary of 2006-2008 Planning Workshop (February 17, 2006) (PDF, 107 KB)
- User needs assessment for the Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (Final version) (PDF, 2.7 MB)
- Talking about a revolution: The Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative
Cover story in NOAA's Coastal Services magazine (March/April 2004)
- Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) fact sheet (PDF, 329 KB)
the undersea landscape: Using seafloor maps to improve management
of the Gulf of Maine (PDF, 455 KB)
Produced by the Science Translation Project of the Gulf of Maine Council.
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- Knowledgebase: Seafloor mapping
Web page with links, scientific papers, and other information on seafloor mapping.
- The Geoscience for Oceans Management Program of the Government of Canada
The Geoscience for Oceans Management Program of the federal department of Natural Resources Canada will deliver the geoscience knowledge base for informed decision-making in Canada's offshore lands to ensure that natural resource development does not harm the environment and that appropriate land-use decisions are made balancing social, economic, and environmental considerations. The Canada Oceans Act and the Canada Oceans Strategy provide the legislative and strategic framework within which integrated management of Canadian ocean territory can be extended to the offshore. Underpinning the GOM program is a systematic approach to seafloor mapping to deliver geoscience knowledge for integrated ocean management.
of Maine marine habitat characterization and mapping: A workshop
report and strategy for ocean mapping in the Gulf of Maine (PDF,
Proceedings from the October 2001 mapping workshop that was sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For more information about GOMMI, email GOMMI
Dr Jonathan Beaudoin
University of New Hampshire
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping NOAA-UNH Joint Hydrographic Center 24 Colovos Rd
Durham, NH 03824
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
Research Fisheries Biologist
National Marine Fisheries Service
NEFSC, James.J. Howard Laboratory of Marine Sciences
74 Magruder Road
Highlands, NJ 07732
University of NH
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
24 Colovos Rd
Durham, NH 03824
Bureau of Resource Management Director
ME Department of Marine Resources
PO Box 8
West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
NE Regional Coordinator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
35 Colovos Rd Gregg Hall 148
Durham, NH 03824
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway St. • Suite 800
Boston, MA 02114-2136
Research Scientist, Benthic Habitat Mapping
Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)
P.O. Box 1006
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2
Research and Monitoring Coordinator
Cape Cod National Seashore
99 Marconi Site Rd
Wellfleet, MA 02667
Coastal and Marine Geology Program
U.S. Geological Survey
384 Woods Hole Rd
Woods Hole, MA 02543
NH Department of Environmental Services
222 International Drive, Suite 175
Portsmouth, NH 03801