The Gulf of Maine is a unique natural resource that has fueld New England’s economy for nearly three centuries. Today, that resource and the traditions of New England’s commercial fishing fleet are at a crossroads as government regulators, scientists, environmentalists and fishermen continue a struggle to find common ground in how best to protect and enjoy this resource.
I was honored to be part of the ongoing process during my brief tenure as the communications director for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), a non-profit organization with a mission to restore and enhance an enduring marine system that supports a healthy diversity and an abundance of marine life and human uses through a self-organizing and self-governing organization. One of NAMA’s core missions is to support and promote collaborative research efforts in the Gulf Of Maine.
Bringing together fishermen, scientists and regulators is not easy, but it is incredibly valuable and rewarding. You can find below several articles I wrote about collaborative research projects in the Gulf of Maine. Those projects and my reporting were funded by the Northeast Consortium, a group of academic institutions throughout New England. And yes, the northwest section of the Atlantic ocean is located off the coast of Maine.