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Our Approach

The Gulf of Maine is one of the world’s most productive marine ecosystems. It is home to a wide range of species – from single-celled algae to commercial species, like lobsters and giant bluefin tuna, and protected species, like Atlantic salmon and whales.

GMRI’s research team was built to take a comprehensive view of this complex ecosystem and use that knowledge to support the sustainable management of the Gulf of Maine.

Our team takes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach. We are conducting research across all of the components of the ecosystem with studies on:

  • how temperature and salinity change from day-to-day and year-to-year
  • how microscopic plankton fuel the Gulf of Maine ecosystem
  • how fish move, feed, grow, and reproduce
  • how changing ocean conditions impact plankton, fish, lobsters, and whales
  • how the value of fish rises and falls depending on how many are caught
  • how fishermen can catch high-value fish while avoiding undersize or recovering stocks and reducing fuel use
  • how data from the ocean can be transformed to information that helps people on the water and on land

We are committed to using our knowledge of the Gulf of Maine to make sure that the Gulf’s ecosystems remain healthy and productive.

Our scientists work closely with other scientists in the region and with GMRI’s Education and Community teams. They also provide scientific advice to the New England Fisheries Management Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and to international fisheries management bodies like the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.