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Vol. 3, No. 4


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Interesting and useful information about the Gulf of Maine

"Lobstah Cam"

If you haven't yet seen Lobster Cam, visit for a lobster's-eye view of the inside of an active lobster trap on the sea floor. The trap sits just south of Rockland, Maine. Lobster Cam is a joint effort of the University of Maine's Lobster Institute; Midcoast Internet Solutions of Rockland; Computer Connection of Damariscotta; Atwood Lobster of Spruce Head; and lobsterman Steve Waterman of South Thomaston.

USFWS Coastal Ecosystems site

The US Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Program has completed a new home page describing its partnership activities for habitat protection and restoration in the Gulf of Maine watershed. Visit the site at

Tag along on undersea expeditions

Surf the virtual seas to depths of 2,000 feet/607 meters to study diverse and fascinating marine life with two new Web sites on the Sustainable Seas Expeditions into America's 12 national marine sanctuaries. The project, being conducted by the National Geographic Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program, involves trained aquanauts piloting a one-person submersible to photodocument the natural history at the sanctuaries. Visit the sites at and

EPA beach survey results

Results of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) second annual National Health Protection Survey of Beaches are available on EPA's BEACH Watch Web site at: For the first time, visitors to the site can pull up area maps of beaches and get information on water quality monitoring efforts in their communities and whether any advisories or closures were issued at local beaches over the past year. The database includes information on approximately 1,400 beaches nationwide.

Bay of Fundy tidal barriers

A report, Environmental Impacts of Barriers on Rivers Entering the Bay of Fundy, is available from Environment Canada. The report notes that barriers exist on at least 25 of 44 major rivers around the Bay of Fundy and are thought to have caused a wide range of ecological effects on the rivers and their estuaries around the Bay. For a copy, contact Peter Wells via E-mail at or call (902) 426-1426.

The Phytoplankton Net

The Phytoplankton Net, published by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, features stories about volunteers in Maine's phytoplankton monitoring program, the status of scientific knowledge about shellfish toxins in Maine waters, and news about courses, grants, and upcoming events. Contact the Knox-Lincoln County office of Cooperative Extension, 1-800-244-2104.

Watershed map

To get an 18" x 24" three-color map of the Gulf of Maine watershed (featured on page 12 of the Gulf of Maine Times) while supplies last, contact Andy Cameron, Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, (902) 424-0406; Cynthia Lay, New Hampshire Coastal Program, (603) 431-9366; or Paul Dest, Maine Coastal Program/State Planning Office, (207) 287-5305.

Undersea poster

Undersea Landscapes of the Gulf of Maine is a map and poster that focuses on the landscapes, geology, and biology of the Gulf of Maine. The poster's concept and text were developed by Robert Steneck of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and Joseph Kelley of the Maine Geological Survey. The project was coordinated by Paul Dest of the Maine Coastal Program/State Planning Office. For a copy contact (in the US) Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, (617) 626-1212; Cynthia Lay, New Hampshire Coastal Program, (603) 431-9366; or Paul Dest, (207) 287-5305; (in Canada) Tim Hall at (902) 426-4116; or Andy Cameron, Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, (902) 424-0406.

Bivalve disease guide

The Maine/New Hampshire Sea Grant Program, the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences (SMS) have released an eight-page, illustrated publication on bivalve diseases written by Bruce Barber, a SMS faculty member. The guide provides an overview of diseases that affect oysters, clams, and other shellfish and describes techniques to prevent disease or minimize effects. For a copy, contact the Maine/New Hampshire Sea Grant Program at (207) 581-1435 in Maine, or (603) 743-3997 or visit