The Role of the CMSP Committee

The role of the CMSP Committee

Successful CMSP requires compilation of regional data and information and the mapping of human uses and areas of ecological significance. Ecosystem impacts and implications span political boundaries and are a common concern for countries across those borders.  As both Canada and the US conduct bioregional planning, the Gulf of Maine Council’s unique organizational setup serves as a forum to share key information, knowledge, and data. This provides a unique opportunity for cross-border , to learn from mutual experiences with CMSP, to share scientific information, and to support collaborative projects aimed to fill knowledge gaps.

The mandate of the CMSP Committee is to:

  • Investigate and make recommendations on roles and activities of the Council in CMSP;
  • Track and exchange information on CMSP policies and activities on both sides of the border.

The Committee will maintain an open dialogue on CMSP initiatives across the border, seeking opportunities to learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions. It will share information and knowledge on best practices, tools and techniques, in addition to sharing information on human use patterns and ecological data. The Committee will report to the Council on progress and identify opportunities where the Council can contribute to advancing CMSP within the Gulf of Maine.

CMSP Events

The Gulf of Maine Council’s CMSP Committee hosted a forum on June 21, 2021 to discuss the current landscape of coastal and marine spatial planning in the Gulf of Maine and opportunities for continued Canadian / US collaboration. Presentations from the forum are available below:

The Gulf of Maine Council’s CMSP Committee hosted a webinar on May 16, 2017 to discuss activities in the Gulf of Maine region and identify opportunities for Canadian / US collaboration.  Presentations from the webinar are available below:

Committee Members

Priscilla Brooks
Conservation Law Foundation

Scott Coffen-Smout
Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Glen Herbert (CMSP Canadian Co-Chair)
Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Owen Jones
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
St Andrews Biological Station

Dan Martin
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Betsy Nicholson (CMSP US Co-Chair)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sarah Saunders
World Wildlife Fund Canada

Robert Stephenson
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
St Andrews Biological Station

Theresa Torrent
Maine State Department of Marine Resources

Prassede Vella
Massachusetts Bays Estuary Program