Action plan for Gulf of Maine released
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has released its latest five-year action plan, which includes sustaining communities in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that surround the gulf.
It's part of an ongoing effort every five years to ensure the Gulf and the waters that feed into it remain healthy and productive.
Don Hudson, a member of the council, says previous action plans laid out over the past 20 years have improved the water quality in the gulf.
"We're particularly concerned that the kinds of livelihoods that formed who we are in this region, notably whose kinds of coastal and marine activities like fishing can continue to thrive," he said. "Of course, if there are fish in the ocean, then fishermen can thrive."
The plans have also given fish better access to breeding habitats, said Hudson.
"There's nothing that binds us, we have no regulatory authority, we can't tell anyone what to do, however by focusing on the possible benefits of improving the environment, I think we managed to rally a lot of support in the right direction."
The goals of the plan are to support aquatic life in rivers and the ocean, environmental and human health, and maintaining sustainable communities.
The premiers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia established the Gulf council in 1989, together with the governors in the U.S. states that border the watershed.