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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

Click here to download GOMMI documents. You will need a username and password.

Mapping the Gulf of Maine's undersea landscape

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.

Map of areas new covered by high-resolution bathymetric surveys as of February 2009

GOMMI has released its strategic plan for review and comment. Download the document by clicking the following links.

Strategic plan cover
Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative: A Framework for Ocean Management

GOMMI tribute to Susan Snow-Cotter (1961-2006)

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.

GOMMI tribute to Susan Snow-Cotter (PDF, 56 KB)
GOMMI tribute to Susan Snow-Cotter (Word, 155 KB)

GOMMI newsletter
Information about seafloor mapping

For more information about GOMMI, email GOMMI

GOMMI Steering Committee





Members: Dr Jonathan Beaudoin
Research Scientist
University of New Hampshire
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping NOAA-UNH Joint Hydrographic Center 24 Colovos Rd
Durham, NH  03824
Dr Jonathan Grabowski
Marine Ecologist
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial St
Portland, ME  04101
Dr. Vincent Guida
Research Fisheries Biologist
National Marine Fisheries Service
NEFSC, James.J. Howard Laboratory of Marine Sciences
74 Magruder Road
Highlands, NJ  07732
Rich Langton
Dr Thomas Lippmann
University of NH
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
24 Colovos Rd
Durham, NH  03824
Dr Linda Mercer
Bureau of Resource Management Director
ME Department of Marine Resources
PO Box 8
West Boothbay Harbor, ME  04575
Ms Betsy Nicholson
NE Regional Coordinator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
35 Colovos Rd Gregg Hall 148
Durham, NH  03824
Mr Daniel Sampson
GIS/Data Manager
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
251 Causeway St. • Suite 800
Boston, MA  02114-2136
Dr. Brian Todd
Research Scientist, Benthic Habitat Mapping
Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic)
P.O. Box 1006
Dartmouth, NS  B2Y 4A2
Dr Megan Tyrrell
Research and Monitoring Coordinator
Cape Cod National Seashore
99 Marconi Site Rd
Wellfleet, MA  02667
Dr. Page Valentine
Coastal and Marine Geology Program
U.S. Geological Survey
Quissett Campus
384 Woods Hole Rd
Woods Hole, MA  02543
Mr. Chris Williams
NH Department of Environmental Services
222 International Drive, Suite 175
Portsmouth, NH  03801

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