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Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Abbreviation GMRI
Motto Science. Education. Community.
Formation 1968 (1968)
Purpose research, education, environmental stewardship
Location
Region served
United States
Official language
English
CEO
Don Perkins
Main organ
Board of directors
Website www.gmri.org
Formerly called
Gulf of Maine Aquarium; Research Institute of the Gulf of Maine (RIGOM)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is a non-profit marine science center and research institute located in Portland, Maine. The institute promotes stewarding the ecosystem, supporting sustainable seafood, cultivating science literacy, and strengthening coastal communities.[1]

History

Established in 1968 to teach about Maine's fresh and saltwater resources and conduct research on the Gulf of Maine and its watershed.[2]

In 1988, the then Research Institute of the Gulf of Maine (RIGOM) began to build an aquarium, first as a tourist destination, then as a research facility.[3]

Today, the endowed institute promotes ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion. Science, Education and Community programs are funded primarily by federal grants and charitable contributions.[1]

The 44,000 sq. ft. Marine research and education laboratory opened in 2005. The institute established a digital learning environment called Vital Signs for Maine school children.[4]

Recent accomplishments

  • Published the reports: "Preparing for Emerging Fisheries: An Overview of Mid-Atlantic Stocks on the Move." and "An Independent Evaluation of the Maine Limited Entry Licensing System for Lobster and Crab"
  • created the 'Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested' brand
  • Expanded the Marine Resource Education Program whose goal is to:
    • bring fishermen, scientists and managers together in a neutral setting outside the regulatory process
    • increase the number of people at work in New England fisheries who are comfortable working with the fishery data and management systems.[1]

Other programs

  • The Northeast Regional Cod Tagging Program
  • The Cohen Center for Interactive Learning
  • GMRI PowerHouse program

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "2012 Annual Report". Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Transfers Title To Waterfront Property". 25 Nov 2003. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ Conely, Susan (Nov 2013). "Alan Lishness Profile". Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "History & Accomplishments". Retrieved 2014. 

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