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GOMC meeting features shipping forum

Salem, Massachusetts Shipping industry representatives and marine environment experts were scheduled to meet here June 4 at a day-long forum sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment to exchange information on two emerging issues: collisions between ships and endangered North Atlantic right whales, and the introduction of exotic species into ports via ballast water (see story on page 1 of this issue of the Gulf of Maine Times).

The forum was intended to raise awareness among port operators, shipping agents and owners, maritime universities, the military, and environmental organizations, of the latest developments in addressing these issues in the Gulf of Maine, and the potential for partnerships among the parties involved. The forum also presented an opportunity for maritime industries to give their perspective on the challenges inherent in addressing right whale and ballast water issues.

Participants in the discussion were to include representatives of the New England Aquarium's Right Whale Project, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries, the Center for Coastal Studies, the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, MIT Sea Grant, the US Coast Guard, the shipping industry, as well as researchers, consultants, and others.

The Council has also co-sponsored production of brochures and posters designed to inform mariners about how to help protect right whales at sea. For copies call (617) 727-9530 ext. 420.

GOMC seeks partners from private sector

Gulf of Maine The Gulf of Maine Council is seeking business partners to advise the Council and help sponsor research and education programs throughout the Gulf of Maine region. Current sponsors include Portland Pipeline Corporation, Public Service of New Hampshire/Northeast Utilities, and Timberland.

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is an international body convened to foster cross-border cooperation among government, academic, and private groups in developing and implementing a sustainable management strategy for the Gulf, which extends from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia.

For information call Tony Brooks, Development Officer, at (617) 728-0542 or E-mail him at