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DATE: June 30, 2014
CONTACT: Steve Couture, Coastal Program Manager, 603-271-8801 or 603-559-0027; steven.couture@des.nh.gov

Gulf of Maine Council Recognizes Several New Hampshire Individuals and a Nonprofit Organization

Portsmouth, NH – Several individuals and a nonprofit organization from New Hampshire were recently recognized by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment for their work in coastal environmental protection at an international awards ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Award winners included 12-year old Isabella Hillman of Rye who successfully led an effort to institute a smoking ban on her town beaches.

The Council, a U.S.-Canadian partnership dedicated to protecting environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine, annually recognizes extraordinary work in each of its five jurisdictions, which include the states of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts as well as the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The following New Hampshire recipients were given awards:

Visionary Awards

The Gulf of Maine Visionary Awards recognize innovation, creativity, and commitment to marine protection by businesses, environmental organizations, or individuals who are making a difference to the health of the Gulf of Maine. The award is given to two individuals, businesses, or organizations within each state and province bordering the Gulf.

Isabella Hillman, Rye Junior High School, Rye

At 12 years old, Isabella Hillman is a young person making waves in her coastal community of Rye. This seventh grade student had the initiative and commitment to see her idea for smoke-free beaches through to a non-binding resolution passed at Town Meeting last March that makes all town beaches in Rye smoke-free zones.

The Gundalow Company, Portsmouth

The nonprofit Gundalow Company is leading the effort to protect the region’s maritime heritage and environment through education and action. Their programs connect maritime history with contemporary coastal issues such as community awareness, water quality, habitat restoration, conservation, and stewardship.  In its first two seasons of operating the Piscataqua, the Gundalow Company served over 3,000 school students and over 8,000 public passengers.

Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award

This special award is bestowed in memory of Susan Snow-Cotter, a long-time friend and supporter of the Council. The award is given to an individual from one of the five states and provinces bordering the Gulf of Maine.

Steve Miller, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

This year New Hampshire’s Steve Miller received this award for his outstanding leadership as a coastal management professional within the Gulf of Maine. As the Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Steve has been working to increase awareness of environmental problems and promote better management of our coastal resources. Steve’s spirit of collaboration and leadership has rallied planners, scientists and coastal managers to contribute meaningfully to many projects that benefit citizens of the broader Seacoast region. 

Industry Award

The Gulf of Maine Industry Award recognizes one individual, company, or organization within the Gulf of Maine that has demonstrated innovation and leadership in efforts to improve the well-being of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that call it home. Nominations are considered from sectors such as tourism, commercial or recreational fisheries, aquaculture, renewable energy generation, and maritime transportation.

Ellen and David Goethel, Hampton 

New Hampshire citizens also took home the Council’s Industry Award, which was awarded to Ellen and David Goethel for their outstanding leadership and contributions toward protecting fisheries and marine resources within the entire Gulf of Maine. David is a career commercial fisherman with a degree in biology who has worked tirelessly to promote and protect the fishing industry. Ellen’s long list of contributions includes serving as chairperson of the Hampton Conservation Commission as well as serving on the New England Fishery Management Council as the New Hampshire Governor’s nominee.

Full detail about the Gulf of Maine Council 2014 awards with detailed recipient bios is available at: www.gulfofmaine.org/awards.

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Gulf of Maine Council, and its unique role enabling cross-border cooperation and knowledge sharing in the Gulf of Maine region. The Council is hosting a fun and family oriented geocaching event, traveling multimedia exhibit, and other activities to celebrate throughout the 25th anniversary year through June 2015. To find out more about these activities, go to:  www.gulfofmaine.org/2/twenty-fifth-anniversary.

More information on the Council can be found at www.gulfofmaine.org.

(From left to right) Hon. Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment; Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award Winner Steve Miller; U.S. Consul General Richard Riley
(From left to right) Hon. Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment; Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award Winner Steve Miller; U.S. Consul General Richard Riley

(From left to right) Hon. Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment; Industry Award winners Ellen and David Goethel, Hampton, N.H.; U.S. Consul General Richard Riley
(From left to right) Hon. Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment; Industry Award winners Ellen and David Goethel, Hampton, N.H.; U.S. Consul General Richard Riley

Visionary Award Winner Isabella Hillman, Rye Junior High School, N.H. with one of N.H.ís Gulf of Maine Councilors, Ru Morrison of the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems.
Visionary Award Winner Isabella Hillman, Rye Junior High School, N.H. with one of N.H.ís Gulf of Maine Councilors, Ru Morrison of the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems.




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