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Vol. 5, No. 1


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useful information about the Gulf of Maine

Science and nature journal 
The Northeast Naturalist is a quarterly scientific journal covering the latest natural history findings for northeastern North America. The latest issue contains proceedings from a symposium held at Connecticut College in 1999 called, The History, Status, and Future of the New England Offshore Fishery. Titles of articles include, "North Atlantic Fisheries Management: The Canadian Approach," by Trevor J. Kenchington; and "Marine Protected Areas for the Temperate and Boreal Northwest Atlantic: The Potential for Sustainable Fisheries and Conservation of Biodiversity," by Peter J. Auster and Nancy L. Shackell. The journal is available from the Humboldt Field Research Institute, Steuben, Maine, (207) 546-2821.

Salt marsh restoration
Getting Dirty: The Why and How of Salt Marsh Restoration documents the proceedings of a salt marsh restoration workshop in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Nov. 5 to 7. The workshop brought together community and government representatives, scientists, and conservationists from the U.S. and Canada to discuss the status of salt marshes in the Bay of Fundy and plan for their protection and restoration. The Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, which is involved in a long-term project to restore Bay of Fundy salt marshes by working with local communities, sponsored the workshop. For information about the project, or to obtain a copy of the report contact Tony Bowron, project coordinator, (902) 429-2202, or e-mail

Wetlands restoration report
Regional Standards to Identify and Evaluate Tidal Wetland Restoration in the Gulf of Maine is a report summarizing the proceedings of a workshop held in June, 1999, to address critical gaps in the conservation, restoration and management of tidal wetlands in the Gulf of Maine. Participants included resource managers, scientists and representatives from community organizations in the U.S. and Canada, who reached a consensus on standard methods to inventory and monitor salt marsh restoration projects. The report summarizes a recommended tidal marsh inventory and monitoring protocols for the Gulf of Maine. The report was prepared for the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Global Programme of Action for the Gulf of Maine, and published by the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maine. For more information or to obtain a copy of the report contact the Reserve at (207) 646-1555, or go to

Fishway construction manual

A Fishway for your stream: Providing Fish Passage Around Dams in the Northeast is a step-by-step booklet that provides citizens and local officials in the northeastern United States with directions on how to construct, operate and maintain fishways for anadromous fish. Published by the Connecticut River Watershed Council, Inc., the National Park Service and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, the primer also includes an introduction to anadromous life cycles. To obtain a copy send $2.50 to the Watershed Council's headquarters, One Ferry Street, Easthampton, MA 01027. For bulk orders phone (413) 529-9500.

Puffin web site

A major restoration effort spearheaded by the National Audubon Society began in 1973 when the first six puffin chicks were translocated from Great Island, Newfoundland to Eastern Egg Rock, an island in Maine. Eventually, 954 puffin chicks were transported to the island. By last summer, the island harbored 35 pairs of adult birds that had returned to breed. The island is also home to the world's first restored wild bird community. An Audubon Web site includes information about Project Puffin, puffin biology, a virtual tour of Eastern Egg Rock and details about boat tours to see the birds. To visit the site go to

Handy guides
Two booklets from Maine Sea Grant give readers a range of details and information about the smaller critters that inhabit coastal waters. A Guide to Common Marine Organisms Along the Coast of Maine is a 56-page guide that covers marine organisms, seaweeds and phytoplankton. The guide was developed to recognize the work of volunteer monitoring groups and to support their ongoing efforts. Another useful guide called The Maine Clam Handbook: A Community Guide for Improving Shellfish Management, details clam management, the history of the soft-shell clam fishery, clam biology and clam aquaculture. For information about the costs and how to obtain a copy of the guides, contact the Maine Sea Grant office in Orono at (207) 581-1435.