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Enjoying the spring melt

Growing seaweed sustainably
The Gulf of Maine is one of the best spots in the world to grow seaweed

Herring: A small fish that is a big deal
Balancing management regulations with the needs of the fishing industry.

Gulf Voices
A marsh in winter looks deceptively barren, but a host of plants and creatures lie in wait for spring’s light and warmth

Science Insights
Septic systems are gaining respect with new technology to boost performance

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Q&A: Cameron Wake
Watching the changes in New England’s climate

Where eagles fly
Monitoring tagged eagles could reveal why river habitat is important

A visitor to the Bay of Fundy yearns to meet whales on their own terms

Marnie Reed Crowell waxes poetic on the spring melt, lichens and nature

Book Review
Atlantic Coast Beaches
explains the tides, creatures and storms that shape and change our beaches

Research Update:
Undersea vehicles use the latest technology to monitor offshore aquaculture pens

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Stream Barrier Removal Monitoring Guide
The Stream Barrier Removal Monitoring Guide provides a framework of critical monitoring parameters for use at dam and culvert removal sites in the Gulf of Maine watershed. Eight parameters presented in the guide will allow restoration practitioners to document the physical, chemical and biological effects of stream barrier removal. The parameters are monumented cross sections, longitudinal profile, grain size distribution, photo stations, water quality, riparian plant community structure, macroinvertebrates and fish passage. The guide presents the scientific context for barrier removal and gives detailed methods and data sheets for six parameters. It is based on input from more than 70 scientists, natural resource managers, engineers, consultants and staff from non-governmental organizations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Published in December 2007, the Monitoring Guide was produced by the River Restoration Monitoring Steering Committee of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. [View the guide online.]

Salth Marshes in the Gulf of MaineSalt marshes in the Gulf of Maine
A new 42-page booklet on salt marshes in the Gulf of Maine offers a reader-friendly look at the ecology of these vital coastal wetlands and ways to bring them back to health. Salt marshes remove pollution from the water, provide food and shelter for fish and birds, protect the shoreline from erosion and perform other valuable roles in the ecosystem. However, 75 percent of salt marshes in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and 37 percent in New England states have been destroyed, according to the booklet. Many remaining salt marshes are in poor health because of road crossings, development of surrounding land and other human impacts. The rising sea, due to climate change, looms as a major threat. The booklet presents an overview of scientific findings about ecological functions of salt marshes, their connections with fisheries and the larger Gulf of Maine ecosystem, efforts to restore damaged marshes and the need for regional monitoring of salt marsh health. The booklet—Salt Marshes in the Gulf of Maine: Human Impacts, Habitat Restoration, and Long-term Change Analysis—was published in February 2008 by the Habitat Restoration Subcommittee, Habitat Monitoring Subcommittee, and Science Translation Project of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. It is an element of the Council’s five-year Action Plan to enhance the health of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. To download the booklet or request a hard copy, go to http://www.gulfofmaine.org/saltmarsh. The Web page also contains links to other publications and online resources related to salt marshes

More Resources...
The Gulf of Maine Biodiversity Discovery Corridor is a swath of ocean and underlying seafloor extending from shore to deep sea that is the focus of regional biodiversity investigations. A compilation of historic research in Discovery Corridor waters, prepared to guide future research, is available online. ...
The December 2007/January 2008 issue of MPA News (Vol. 9, No. 6) includes the results of a poll on what should be done when Marine Protected Areas do not meet their goals. ... The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has launched a Web site to increase knowledge on the contribution of Marine Protected Areas to fisheries management. ... The first newsletter onGISFish,” the Global Gateway to Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Mapping for Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries, is now available online. ... The Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review includes information on recent and completed research projects related to salmon, trout, charr, oysters, mussels and other species.



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