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... Participants included individuals from state and federal agencies, environmental groups, universities, and industry, several of whom were Canadians. Participants focused on three issues of importance in the Gulf of Maine region: responding to the cumulative impacts of land and water activities in the region's estuaries and near-coastal environments, protecting regionally significant terrestrial and marine habitats, and using indicators of environmental quality as a too!
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... Observations of ecosystem function, resource availability, and human actions and reactions are needed to understand cumulative impacts and to develop policies to reduce them. A process for developing and using scientific data and information, that addresses the complexity of ecosystems, should also be incorporated.
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... A complete set of indicators of environmental quality for the Gulf of Maine ecosystem should include watershed, estuarine, and marine variables, to promote an integrated understanding of how watershed processes affect marine ecosystems. Successful monitoring programs should use clear, specific, and easily measured variables as indicators, have clear legal mandates providing authority and responsibility for data collection, specify guidelines and methods for data collection, and provide incentives for scientists to provide data collected for other purposes, but useful to monitoring programs.
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... Regional marine research and monitoring programs should be coordinated among regional organizations, such as the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Maine Regional Marine Research Program, and the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. The suggestions for improving interactions between scientists and policymakers on the three issues discussed in the Gulf of Maine region provided a useful foundation for discussions of the OSB Committee on Science and Policy for the Coastal Ocean.

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