Databases for the Gulf of Maine

Federal Agency


NOAA, Fisheries

Fisheries Information System (FIS)

Integrate and harmonize data collection programs by some combination of unified forms, data definitions, coding standards, data collection standards, or translation tables.

NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service

Industry-Based Surveys (IBS) Data Mapper

Allow scientists, fishermen, students and the general public to view maps and summary data for Industry Based Surveys (IBS) programs funded by the Cooperative Research Partners Program, NOAA's Fisheries Service.

NOAA, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

GOM Mapping Initiative

Provide maps of sea floor topography and reflectivity, from which targeted surveys can be planned to characterize sea floor sediments and associated benthic communities.

NOAA, Northeast Regional Fishery Statistics Office

Fishery Statistics Programs Office Analysis and Reports

Provide analysis of economic data, and prepare fishery management analysis by designing, developing and using computer models and by applying field experience/analysis to develop economic, catch/effort, engineering and other analytical processes relative to FMPs

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

Clearinghouse Network

Coordinate the sharing of geographic data, maps, and online services through an online portal, that searches metadata held within the NSDI Clearinghouse Network.

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

State Data

Committee that is committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies (GIT)


Real-time Maps

Provide real-time maps, including: Sea Surface Temp, Water-level Models, Wave Models, and SOS Salinity

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Gulf of Maine Coastal Program, Map and Data

Provide expertise in computer mapping and database management to support habitat protection and restoration projects.

U.S. Geological Survey

Contaminated Sediments Database for the Gulf of Maine

Provide a compilation and synthesis of existing data to help establish the environmental status of our coastal sediments and the transport paths and fate of contaminants in this region.

Provide a wide array of geological data (maps, core data, sub-surface

USGS Maine Water Science Center

Hydrologic Data Available On Line

Estimate current hydrologic conditions and provide various hydrologic data

USGS Woods Hole Science Center

U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 118, usSEABED: Atlantic Coast Offshore Surficial Sediment Data Release

Combine and integrate information on the geologic sedimentary character of the U.S. Atlantic coast continental margin.

USGS Science Center for Coastal and Marine Geology

Toxic "Red Tide" Populations in the Western Gulf of Maine

Characterize the temporal and spatial distribution of the "source" population of toxic Alexandrium cells and  characterize the physical transport mechanisms that influence the distribution and fate of toxic Alexandrium cells in the western Gulf of Maine.

Regional Organizations


Census of Marine Life - Gulf of Maine group

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

Provide expert geo-referenced data on marine species and currently contains more than 8.7 million georeferenced, accurately identified species records from more than 70 databases, and spatial query tools for visualizing relationships among species and their environment.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI)

A U.S.-Canadian partnership of government and nongovernment organizations to conduct comprehensive seafloor imaging, mapping, and biological and geological surveys.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

Gulf of Maine Regional Habitat Monitoring

An interactive map for displaying vegetation monitoring data from salt marsh and seagrass habitats.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

Gulfwatch Contaminants Monitoring Program

Interactive mapping and aggregation tool for fisheries managers and fishermen.

Gulf of Maine Mapping Portal - GoMMaP

Explore Maps

Provide users with easy access to maps about the Gulf of Maine that are dynamically created by integrating maps made available over the web.

Gulf of Maine Ocean Data Partnership

Data Access

Promote and coordinate the sharing, linking, electronic dissemination, and use of data on the Gulf of Maine region.

Northeast Consortium

Fisheries and Ocean Data Management System

Provide online access to data generated by projects funded by the Northeast Consortium.

The Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM)

Founded in 1991, the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM) is an association of institutions that are actively involved in research, management and stewardship activities related to the Gulf of Maine and its watershed. Workshop reports, directories and ongoing regional research efforts are presented.

State Agencies


University of Connecticut's Map Library

Map and Geographic Information Center

Provide spatial data for use in many GIS programs

Maine Department of Marine Resources

Research, Monitoring, Surveys, and Stocking Projects

Provide information on research, monitoring, surveys, and stocking projects

Maine Office of GIS

Geographic Information Systems

Provide technical support for Maine GIS data, estimates on custom mapping, as well as consultation on data and application development, as time permits.

Massachusetts Office of Geographic and Environmental Information MassGIS

Provide two broad categories: base map data and environmental data.

New Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT)

New Hampshire's statewide geographic information system (GIS)

Create, maintain, and make available a statewide geographic data base serving the information needs of state, regional, and local decision-makers

State of Vermont

Vermont Center for Geographic Information

Provide source for GIS data, information, and activities

Research Center


Centre for Marine Biodiversity (CMB)


Provide portals to view the virtual subset of the metadata and help provide science, or application-specific focus for other agencies, science focus groups, consortia, etc.

Coastal & Oceanic Plankton Ecology, Production & Observation Database(COPEPOD)

MArine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, & Prediction - Ships Of OPportunity (MARMAP-SOOP) surveys in the Gulf of Maine

Provide zooplankton abundance data (species level) sampled during the MArine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, & Prediction - Ships Of OPportunity (MARMAP-SOOP) surveys in the Gulf of Maine.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

Gulfwatch Contaminants Monitoring Program

Interactive mapping and aggregation tool for fisheries managers and fishermen.

Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System

Hourly oceanographic data from the Gulf of Maine

Bring hourly oceanographic data from the Gulf of Maine to all those who need it

MIT Sea Grant College Program: Marine Invader Tracking Information System (MITIS)

Provide a regional database for marine bioinvaders with interactive GIS map

North East Observing System

Oceanographic Data for the Northeast US

Provide real oceanographic data for the Northeast US, including Observatories, Sea Surface Temperatures (SST), CODAR, Buoy & Station Data, Tide Forecast & Observations and Marine Forecasts & Observations

University of New Hampshire: Water Systems Analysis Group (WSAG),

Gulf of Maine Watershed Information and Characterization System

A Diagnostic Framework for Characterizing the Status of Water and Nutrients in the Gulf of Maine Watershed Area.

UNH's Coastal Ocean Observing Center


A data distribution system for the Coastal Observing Center, providing all the resources, links, and on-line documentation you'll need to search and order data from WebCOAST

University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS)

Monitor, coordinate, and provide leadership for activities related to the use of GIS technology within Rhode Island, to support initiatives to implement or use the technology, and to manage and provide access to a common database of geographically referenced information.