Northeast Coastal Indicators Workshop

January 6-8, 2004

New England Center, Durham, NH

Final Workshop Summary (PDF 362K) and Appendices (PDF 5.7MB)

Indicators Workshop Fact Sheet (PDF 172K)

NCIW Summary Presentation (PowerPoint 796K)

Scroll down and click on agenda below for copies of specific presentations.


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The Northeast Coastal Indicators Workshop was held on January 6-9 at the New England Center located on the campus of the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  The goal of the workshop was to develop indicators that apply to the northeast coastal region of the United States (from New York to Maine) and Canada (Gulf of Maine). 

Click here for the list of Participants

Click here to view and download Workshop Background Materials [HTM]

Click on agenda for copies of specific presentations.



Vision for the region – A sustainable Northeast Atlantic ecosystem that ensures environmental integrity and that supports and is supported by economically viable, healthy human communities.


Mission for regional indicators – To track the status and trends in ecosystem integrity throughout the Northeast Atlantic region through collaborative partnerships.  To provide information for policy, management and advocacy decisions at regional and local scales.


Indicators Workshop Goal – Consensus on a list of key indicators for which regional data will be compiled and tracked to indicate changing trends in ecosystem integrity through the Northeast Atlantic region.


Day 1: Tuesday, January 6, 2004


11:00 - 1:00    Registration


1:00 -   1:30     Workshop Welcome - Barry Burgan

                        Introductions and Workshop Charge - Carlton Hunt


1:30 – 1:45      Review of December 2002 Monitoring Workshop Recommendations & Progress - David Keeley


1:45 – 2:10      Role of the National Coastal Assessment and Findings - Hal Walker


2:10 – 2:20      Implementing a regional indicators effort – A “straw-man” - David



2:20 – 3:00      Results of Fall 2003 Indicators Survey - Carlton Hunt


3:00 – 3:15      Break


3:15 – 4:00      Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ken Sherman, NMFS – The Use of Indicators in International Large Marine Ecosystem Program in Relation to the Northeast


4:00 – 5:00      Charge to the Breakout Sessions and Logistics - Carlton Hunt


5:00 –  6:30     Poster Session & Reception -- Sponsored by the Alliance for Coastal  

                        Technologies (ACT)


6:30                 Dinner


Day 2:  Wednesday, January 7, 2004


7:30 – 8:30      Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 3:30      Developing Regional Indicators -- Breakout Sessions

Workshop participants were divided into six topic areas: fisheries, contaminants, eutrophication, aquatic habitat, coastal development, and climate change.  Breakout sessions were run concurrently and each group discussed conceptual models, topic issues, and questions and indicators developed during pre-workshop activities. 


Click topic area above for Participants of each Breakout Session.


Approximate schedule:

  8:00  -  10:00     Session # 1

10:00  -  10:15     Break

10:15  -  12:15     Session # 2 

12:15  -   1:30     Lunch

  1:30  -   3:30     Session # 3


3:30 – 3:45      Break


3:45 - 5:00      Keynote speaker Congressman Tom Allen, Maine

Congressman Tom Allen of Maine is a co-chair of the bipartisan House Oceans Caucus.  He also serves on the subcommittees on Energy & Air Quality and Environment & Hazardous Materials. 


5:00 - 6:30      Evening Reception


6:30                 Dinner


Day 3:  Thursday, January 8, 2004


7:30 - 8:00      Continental Breakfast


8:00 - 9:00      Report Out from each Break-out Session


9:00 - 11:30    Senior Management Panel 


The panel of senior environmental policy managers will respond to outcomes of the breakout session including question and clarification discussions among all participants and indicate how the outcomes might be incorporated into future regional environmental management efforts.  Panel members committed to participate include:


·        Dr. Priscilla Brooks, Conservation Law Foundation – Marine Project Director and Staff Economist;

·        Secretary Ellen Roy Herzfelder, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection;

·        Mr. Byron James, New Brunswick - Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Aquaculture;

·        Ms. Faith Scattolon, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada – Regional Director;

·        Dr. John Boreman, NOAA Acting Science and Research  Director;

·        Dr. Rick Spinrad, Assistant Administrator,  National Ocean Service;

·        Ms. Jane Stahl, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection – Deputy Administrator; and

·        Ms. Christina Kipp, EPA Region 1


11:30 - 11:50  Next Steps


11:50 - 12:00 Closing Remarks



Click here to view and download Workshop Background Materials [HTM]


On behalf of our sponsors and the Workshop Steering Committee we look forward to a very productive exchange of information at the workshop!

Steering Committee Members

John Bratton – U.S. Geological Survey

Suzanne Bricker - NOAA

Barry Burgan - U.S. EPA
Lee Doggett - Maine Department of Environmental Protection
David Dow - NOAA/ NMFS
Michelle Dionne - Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Diane Gould - U.S. EPA Region 1

Tracy Hart – Maine Sea Grant Program

Carlton Hunt - Battelle
David Keeley - Maine State Planning Board
Christian Krahforst - Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
Wendy Leo - Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Gary Matlock - NOAA

Terry McTigue – NOAA

Hilary Neckles – U.S. Geological Survey
Mark Parker – Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Gerald Pesch - U.S. EPA Narragansett Bay Laboratory
 Jan Smith - Massachusetts Bays Program
Paul Stacy - Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Hal Walker - U.S. EPA Narragansett Bay Laboratory

Peter Wells – Environment Canada