of Maine Summit will be held October
26 to 29 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. This event is open to
interested citizens, businesses, and organizations from around the Gulf
Photo: Peter H. Taylor
The Gulfs marine waters
and shoreline habitats, bound by the coastlines of Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, host some 2,000 species
of plants and animals.
But the Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy ecosystem also has important environmental
challenges, and concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds are organizing
a Gulf of Maine Summit to develop Gulf-wide responses.
At the Gulf of Maine Summit we will seek to:
o Determine if conditions are getting better or worse in the Gulf of
o Develop a consensus on indicators of environmental quality.
o Develop an action plan and build partnerships to move forward.
Purposes of the Summit include:
o Building on the many local watershed forums that have been held since
o Developing a vision and plans for improving the environmental quality
of the Gulf.
o Advocating for enhanced science, management, and policy.
o Celebrating 15 years of cooperation and policy development in the
Gulf of Maine.
o Integrating local, traditional, and historical knowledge with scientific
knowledge to describe the condition of the Gulf of Maine.
Prior to the Summit a State
of the Gulf report will be produced based on a blend of information
from both local watershed forums and scientific literature. The report
will document environmental, economic, and social trends and conditions
for three primary areas contaminants, fisheries, and patterns
The Summit participants will work together to develop a clear vision
of the future of the Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy region and design specific
actions and strategies to get there. By developing aseries of indicators
we will be able to track our progress for years to come.
to be addressed include:
o Priorities for the Gulf of Maine Councils 2006-2011 Action Plan.
o Mechanisms/tools to enable and assist communities to move forward
on local-level recommendations to protect and
enhance the Gulf and its watershed.
o Improvements to reporting mechanisms and indicators to be used for
o Priorities for research in the Gulf of Maine.
o Priorities to integrate environmental monitoring and ocean observing
via the Gulf of Maine Ocean
o Improvements to state, provincial, and federal coastal & marine
regulatory and planning programs.
For program and registration
details please check our Web site at www.gulfofmainesummit.org