Vol. 4, No. 3
Our Living Oceans report
The National Marine Fisheries Service has released the latest of its triennial reports on the status of U.S. Fisheries, Our Living Oceans. The document reviews the biological status of important commercial fish stocks around the country, offering trends, statistics and species information by region. Download the PDF version in sections from http://spo.nwr.noaa.gov/o1o99.htm. To order a hard copy contact Mark Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ocean tracking system
A new web site using the Oceans Program Activity Tracking system (OPAT) provides geographic updates and facts on activities taking place under the Oceans Programs of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. OPAT contains extensive information on marine protected areas, integrated management and marine environmental quality. Fisheries and Oceans Canada in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada developed the system. To access visit: http://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/canoceans.
N.H. watershed information
Information on the watersheds of coastal New Hampshire is available on the New Hampshire Coastal Program's web site (www.state.nh.us/coastal). Click on the map for information on the Exeter, Lamprey, Oyster, Cocheco and Salmon Falls watersheds.
N.H. river quality
Through a 1995 cooperative agreement, the Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee formed a volunteer water quality monitoring program. The Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program works with volunteers, schools, local businesses, and government agencies from throughout the region. Participants take water samples at regular intervals along the Upper Merrimack, Pemigewasset, Winnipesaukee and Contoocook rivers, and monitor the quantity and diversity of benthic macroinvertebrates as a primary indicator of river conditions. The results are published in State of the Upper Merrimack, 1995-1997: a river quality report. For further information contact Michele L. Tremblay at email@example.com.
The Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick in collaboration with the Bay of Fundy Fisheries Council have released Writing the Rules of Ecological Fisheries Management in the Bay of Fundy. The report details a project involving conservationists, community activists and fishers to develop a more ecological approach to fisheries management and its results. Copies are available through the Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre, at (902) 638-3044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An 18" X 24" three-color map of the Gulf of Maine watershed (featured on page 12 of the Gulf of Maine Times) is available by calling Andy Cameron, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, (902) 424-0406; Mary Power, New Hampshire Coastal Program, (603) 431-9366; or Paul Dest, Maine Coastal Program/State Planning Office, (207) 287-1486.
Undersea Landscapes of the Gulf of Maine is an award-winning map and poster that focuses on the landscapes, geology, and biology of the Gulf