The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Located in Portland, ME, GMRI is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. Their main areas of work include:
- Stewarding the ecosystem: conducting vital research that builds understanding and powers ecosystem management.
- Cultivating science literacy: Providing science education that prepares students for active citizenship and rewarding careers.
- Supporting sustainable seafood: Engaging consumers and developing supply chain initiatives that support responsible harvest.
- Strengthening coastal communities: Creating tools, information, and training that bolster the fishing industry and coastal economies.
Marine waters of the Northeast Shelf have warmed over the past 30 years, with particularly rapid warming in the past decade; as a result, fisheries in the region are feeling the impacts of climate variability and change. We are leading a multifaceted project to assess the social-ecological vulnerability of fishing communities to climate impacts, particularly those associated with changes in the availability of target fish species. Through this project, we will provide a high-level assessment of the vulnerability of fishing communities along the Northeast Shelf to climate-related changes in marine resources.
Among other initiatives, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is also working with the cities of South Portland and Portland to develop community engagement tools. It aims to help citizens better understand sea level rise, storm surge, increased precipitation and the flooding impacts on coastal communities.