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.

Latest news

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.

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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: April 8, 2014

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