Gulf of Maine

The waters in the Gulf of Maine are warming at a rate that is 99 percent faster than the rest of the ocean. What are the reasons for this alarming rate, and what are the far-reaching effects of these rapidly warming waters? We'll learn about the impacts of climate change in and around the Gulf of Maine, and how various stakeholders are addressing change and adapting to it.

This is part of Maine Calling's ongoing focus on issues relating to climate change.

Maine Cod Fishery Plummets To Least Valuable Year Since 1960s

Mar 18, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's cod fishery, once one of the most lucrative in the Northeast, has declined to the point that it had its least valuable year in more than a half-century in 2018.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - The Gulf of Maine is in the midst of its third-warmest year on record in a development that could further harm marine life.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine are on course to be some of the warmest on record, and the "marine heatwave" is being associated with disruptions in the gulf's ecosystem. Some animals in the Gulf, though, seem to be adapting to the changes.

Maine's lobster fishery is vital to our economy. We’ll learn about the status of the lobster population, effects of climate change, potential impacts of tariffs, the role of the lobsterman, and the outlook for the future of the industry.

Scientists say last year was one of the coolest this decade in the Gulf of Maine, but the temperature in the body of water is continuing to trend upward.

The Gulf of Maine is a piece of ocean that touches Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Canada. Scientists have said it is warming faster than most of the world's oceans.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute says the average sea surface temperature in the gulf was the lowest since 2011 last year. But the Bangor Daily News reports last year's temperatures were still above normal for the gulf.

Summer May Be Getting Longer In Waters Off New England

Sep 14, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - A group of scientists says summer is getting longer in the waters off New England.
The scientists, led by Andrew Thomas of the University of Maine, say the warming of the Gulf of Maine has added up to 66 days of summer-like temperatures to the body of water. The Gulf of Maine stretches from Massachusetts to Nova Scotia and is warming faster than almost all of Earth's oceans.

From the Bow Seat archival image

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 7 at 11:00 am

This documentary film explores environmental issues impacting the Gulf of Maine: topography; history, including depletion of cod stocks, puffin seabird restoration; and sustainable lobstering. The film follows the fimmaker and her family on a week's cruise along the Maine coast interviewing experts such as Colin Woodard, the author of The Lobster Coast, Stephen Kress (from Project Puffin), Diane Cowan (lobster conservationist), Sherm Stanley and Foy Brown, two longtime lobstermen and Carl Wilson a lobster biologist from the DMR and get a first hand look at their project sites along the coast.

Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team 2014/NURTEC-UCONN, NOAA Fisheries, UMAINE

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine - When you think of colorful, underwater displays of orange and pink coral, your mind probably goes to warm, sunny places like Australia or Hawaii. But this summer, a team of New England researchers discovered massive coral gardens off the coast of Mount Desert Island. It's part of a coral mapping project by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Jennifer Mitchell talks with Rhian Waller, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, about the discovery.

View a video of the coral formations, shot by the Kraken 2.

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press

FRIENDSHIP, Maine - Scientists say the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than more than 99 percent of the world's oceans.

That has environmentalists and fishermen worried about the future of one of the Atlantic Ocean's most unique ecosystems.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute Chief Scientific Officer Andy Pershing says the Gulf's surface temperature began warming nearly 10 times faster around 2004. And scientists say the warming is also causing the Gulf's level to rise.

What lurks beneath the waves off our shores?  Take part in a conversation about the changing ocean ecosystem.  Learn about the creatures great and small that thrive - and struggle - in the Gulf of Maine.  And hear suggestions about how to discover and help this often overlooked, but vital, environment.


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A team of American and Canadian scientists is about to depart on a two-week study of deep-sea corals in the canyons in the northern Gulf of Maine.
    Martha Nizinski of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Anna Metaxas of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will lead the scientists. They depart Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Wednesday aboard the NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow and return to Newport, Rhode Island, on July 1.

Portland Gets First Look at New Nova Star Ferry

Apr 18, 2014
Courtesy: City of Portland

Portland got its first look at the Nova Star cruise-ferry today. The 27,000-ton 530-foot vessel arrived at the Ocean Gateway Terminal at noon, having crossed thousands of miles of ocean in the last few weeks. After an absence of more than four years, daily round trips between Portland and Nova Scotia are due to begin the middle of next month.