Gulf of Maine Coastal Program
Northeast Region


The Gulf of Maine Coastal Program works with a variety of partners to share information, knowledge, and capabilities for habitat conservation at the landscape scale to support healthy populations of fish and wildlife. Together, we protect and restore habitats that sustain diverse and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants throughout the Gulf of Maine watershed. With the threat of climate change, successful landscape level habitat conservation will provide opportunities for fish and wildlife to adapt. This holistic approach ensures that individual projects produce meaningful and sustainable results for fish and wildlife and makes the best use of limited resources.

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2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program Celebration

Current Dams on Outlet Stream.
Join us for a celebration of the 2016 Junior Duck Stamp winners and the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty!

March 26, 2016

The Gulf of Maine Coastal Program partnered with L.L. Bean and USFWS Migratory Birds to host a celebration of the 2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest and the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty. The Junior Duck Stamp Program is designed to promote waterfowl and wetland conservation education through art. The winning Maine artist will go on to compete in the National Contest; the overall winner will have their artwork made into a $5 stamp, proceeds of which will go towards conservation education.

More Information on the Junior Duck Stamp Program

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Casco Bay Eelgrass Restoration

Current Dams on Outlet Stream.
GOMP staff and Casco Bay Estuary Partnership intern prepare eelgrass shoots for planting in Casco Bay.

October 9, 2015

Gulf of Maine Coastal Program staff partnered with the Casco Bay Eelgrass Consortium to build capacity for eelgrass restoration through a pilot project designed by the USGS and the University of New Hampshire. Donor plants were collected from a healthy population in Casco Bay and were transplanted via four distinct planting methods to Maquoit Bay.

These plants will be monitored to evaluate which methods were most successful; such methods will lead to future restoration efforts as more information and expertise is acquired. This project is a follow up to an eelgrass-invasive green crab study, conducted in 2014.

News Article in the Falmouth Forecaster

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China Lake Watershed Restoration

Current Dams on Outlet Stream.
Current Dams on Outlet Stream.

April 6, 2015

The Gulf of Maine Coastal Program is partnering with USDA-NRCS, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Maine DMR, Maine Rivers, and local landowners to bypass or remove the six remaining dams on Outlet Stream in the China Lake watershed, located within the Kennebec River and Sebasticook River watersheds.

The coalition, known as the Alewife Restoration Intiative, hopes to restore fish passage along the 10-miles of river to China Lake, which could add up to a million adult alewives to the annual Kennebec River run.

News Release

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Grants Awarded to Conserve Coastal Wetlands in Maine

Serena Doose
Weskeag Marsh in South Thomaston, ME.

January 7, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants to habitat protection projects in Harpswell and South Thomaston, Maine today. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was awarded $220,000 to acquire and permanently protect over 40 acres of important habitat and more than a mile of shorefront on Little Yarmouth Island in eastern Casco Bay. MDIFW was also awarded $450,000 to protect over 250 acres of important wetland habitat and over 2 miles of shorefront along the Weskeag River in South Thomaston. The award is provided by the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant system of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is matched by more than $780,000 in Partner contributions. Habitat will be protected in perpetuity for shorebirds, seabirds and other trust resources.

National News Release

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Advanced Stream Simulation Design Course

Serena Doose
Class members conducting a stream survey.

October 23, 2014

The Gulf of Maine Coastal Program organized and hosted a five-day Advanced Stream Simulation Design Course this week. The workshop taught participants how to design road‐stream crossing structures that provide unimpeded fish and other aquatic organism passage, restore natural channel processes through the structure, and maximize the long‐term stability of the structure. The course was held at the Appalachian Mountain Club's lodge near Greenville, ME and was led by national experts including Bob Gubernick (USFS) and Dale Higgins (USFS).

Jed, Alex, and Serena from GOMCP identified and surveyed field instruction sites, developed the curriculum and obtained outside funding to support the workshop. Service staff attended from ES and Fisheries and included regional fish passage engineers. A diverse set of participants came from throughout New England and included private consulting engineers, staff from Maine Department of Transportation, NGOs and NRCS. GOMCP's investment in training is helping to build capacity to increase the pace, scale and scope of restoration of critical aquatic habitats in the Northeast.

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Welcoming a New Employee

Serena Doose
Serena Doose, the newest member of the Coastal Program.

October 16, 2014

We are very excited that Serena Doose is now a part of the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program as a permanent Service employee. Serena will be working this fall on a number of key initiatives and will also be exposed to the wide range of services we provide. She will focus initially on assisting with stream temperature monitoring and modeling, stream connectivity project management, Atlantic Salmon Framework website management, NEC project management, and coastal restoration projects.

Serena graduated from Furman University ('13) with a double major in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Asian Studies. In 2011, she completed a summer internship at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Calais, ME and primarly focused on waterfowl and upland game birds. After graduating, Serena worked full time for the Maine Fishery Resources Office (MEFRO) in order to further diadromous fish habitat restoration in Downeast Maine.


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Upper Flag Island Coastal Cleanup

Coastal Cleanup Crew
Coastal Cleanup crew on Upper Flag Island, Harpswell, Maine

September 27 , 2014

In support of the Maine Coastal Program and International Ocean Conservancy's "Coastal Cleanup Week" and National Public Lands Day, GOMCP staff Bob Houston coordinated a cleanup of Upper Flag Island (a MCINWR island) with the 'Coastal Studies for Girls - Science and Leadership School' class from Freeport, Maine. Bob took the class of 15 high school girls and 4 staff to the island by boat. While there he provided an overview of the importance of these islands to seabirds and the Service, background on how GOMCP contributes to conservation, and information on careers in the Service. All trash collected was categorized and entered on data sheets that are submitted to the Ocean Conservancy for their international database. The Coastal Studies for Girls class will also use the data, as well as past years' data that Bob has collected, in their classroom studies to look at types of trash collected and trends. This is an incredible opportunity to introduce these future leaders to the Service and add to their conservation education!


Coastal Studies for Girls Facebook


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Branch Brook Fish Ladder Restored

Branch Brook fish ladder. Click to read Jacob Aman's about the project.
The Branch Brook fish ladder.

April 8, 2014

We recently helped fund the restoration of the Branch Brook fish ladder, in partnership with Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Construction was completed in February and the newly restored ladder is scheduled to be opened on May 10... just in time for this year's alewife run!


Jacob Aman's (Wells Reserve) blog post


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Study shows Maine's wildlife threatened by climate change

The cover of the report. Click to download the full report.

February 24, 2014

Atlantic salmon. Canada lynx. Moose. Atlantic puffins. What will happen to them as the climate continues to change? On our Northeast blog, GOMCP's very own biologist and GIS specialist Bob Houston shares his knowledge from a study released about the impacts of climate change on Maine's already vulnerable wildlife.

The study, Climate Change and Biodiversity in Maine, identified 168 vulnerable species that could experience large range shifts and population declines in Maine as a result of climate change by 2100.

The report was written by a team of scientists from Manomet; Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; The Nature Conservancy; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Maine Audubon; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bob Houston's blog post
News release

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$1 million will conserve coastal wetlands in Harpswell

The waters of Middle Bay and Casco Bay provide critically important habitat for many commercially, recreationally and/or ecologically valuable fish species, such as alewife (pictured), American shad and Atlantic salmon.
The waters of Middle Bay and Casco Bay provide critically important habitat for many commercially, recreationally and/or ecologically valuable fish species, such as alewife (pictured), American shad and Atlantic salmon.

January 16, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that a $1 million grant will conserve coastal wetlands across 86 acres on Middle Bay in Harpswell, Maine. An additional $424,980 will be provided by partner contributions. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in partnership with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, will conserve three parcels through acquisition of fee title and conservation easements. A large portion of the wetlands provides significant habitat for waterfowl and wading birds, as well as feeding and roosting habitat for shorebirds. Five bald eagle nests and a great blue heron colony are within two miles of the project, which is also within the feeding area of endangered roseate terns. The project will benefit salt marsh sparrows, migrating peregrine falcons, and 38 state-endangered, threatened and special concern species.

National news release
List of all grants (PDF 126 KB)

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New website: Atlantic Salmon and Sea-run Fish Restoration in Maine

The banner for the new website.
The new site is a companion site to the North Atlantic LCC website. It is funded by USFWS, NOAA and the North Atlantic LCC.

January 8, 2014

Partners working to restore Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish in Maine unveiled their new website Atlantic Salmon and Sea-run Fish Restoration in Maine. The new website is a centralized location for sharing information, improving stakeholder and public knowledge, and connecting recovery efforts with stakeholders.

We formed a web team, led by GOMCP, to work with a private contractor and the North Atlantic LCC to create a comprehensive web content management system tailored to the needs of all partners involved in Atlantic salmon and sea-run fish restoration in Maine

Visit the new site
Learn more about the Atlantic Salmon Recovery Framework

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Cooperation will be key to restoring St. Croix

Tribal and federal logos from the Statement of Cooperation document.
Logos from the Schoodic River Statement of Cooperation between Wabanaki Tribal Leaders and four federal agencies.

July 10, 2013

On June 5, 2013 the Wabanaki Tribe and several U.S federal agencies signed a Statement of Cooperation (PDF 152 KB) to continue working together to restore the St. Croix River and Passamaquoddy Bay watershed. This action followed an April 2013 vote by Maine legislators to reopen fishways on Woodland Dam and Grand Falls Dam to allow sea-run fish to pass.


Latest updates on the St. Croix


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Maine Stream Habitat Viewer online

Modified header from the Viewer's website.
The Maine Stream Habitat Viewer is hosted by the Maine Office of GIS.

July 8, 2013

Maine has a new online tool that will enhance statewide stream restoration and conservation efforts. The Maine Stream Habitat Viewer, hosted by the Maine Office of GIS, provides a starting point for towns, private landowners, and others to learn more about stream habitats and barriers to fish passage across the state.

Read more

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GOMCP leads stream simulation workshop

Bob Guberneck and the stream restoration class overlooking a stream.
Instructor Bob Guberneck (USDA Forest Service) explains the importance of aquatic connectivity.
Credit: Jed Wright/USFWS

July 1, 2013

GOMCP led a 4-day workshop to teach the latest techniques on designing and building bridges and culverts that allow streams and the aquatic life they support to flow naturally. The workshop was held at Appalachian Mountain Club’s Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins near Long Pond.

Organizing technical trainings and pooling resources with partners allow USFWS staff to expand our conservation impact across a much larger audience and positively impact restoration projects across the state.


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Last updated: March 21, 2016

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