The Gulf of Maine Area program is the regional ecosystem project of the global Census of Marine Life, which seeks to explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the ocean. Research from this program will contribute to the development of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in the Gulf of Maine and around the world. This program is run jointly by American and Canadian scientists at the University of Southern Maine and the Centre for Marine Biodiversity.

University of Southern Maine Census of Marine Life Centre for Marine Biodiversity
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