2008 Annual Report
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Science Overview

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s creation of the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region in mid 2009 sent a strong signal about the importance of understanding the impacts of climate change and fishing on the world’s oceans as well as the caliber of the research happening in the region. GMRI was proud to be recognized as a key partner in this landmark collaborative.

Our merger with the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS) was another important milestone, enhancing capacity to manage, synthesize and share ocean data with a wide array of audiences from schools to coastal management bodies to fishing cooperatives. The former GoMOOS buoys are now operated by our partner the University of Maine as part of the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems.

Our research results helped stock the toolkit used to make decisions about sustainable uses of our ocean resources. Several projects focused on monkfish, now the region's most valuable groundfish species. Work continued on a major initiative to unravel the complex tapestry of natural and human systems connecting groundfish, herring, and lobsters. Two new projects expanded our research up the watershed. Working with the University of Southern Maine and The Nature Conservancy, we documented key predator-prey interactions in the Penobscot River and Bay in advance of future dam removals. We also launched a study to differentiate alewives from more than 20 river systems along the coast of Maine.

We played a key role in organizing the Gulf of Maine Symposium which brought together the science community to review research and policy developments from the last decade. In this forum, our team shared valuable perspectives on what is needed to move forward with an ecosystem approach to management in the Gulf of Maine.

GMRI engaged thoughtfully with a variety of marine spatial planning and renewable energy initiatives around the region. We convened a two day workshop to throw light on seafloor mapping needs in the region. Our scientists served on committees tasked with understanding potential impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.

Spotlight on Science

Roll over the images below to view a sample of the research underway at GMRI. Click on an image to learn more about the project.

  • Monkfish Tagging
  • Trawl Gear
  • Alewives
  • Oil Movements
  • E-Logbooks
  • Ocean Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Penobscot Bay
 
Deepening Our Impact

UMaine partnership exemplifies GMRI’s commitment to collaboration.

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