The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) has published, funded, and/or otherwise participated in the development of the following materials on ocean management. (Note: Any views or opinions presented in publications prepared for CZM are solely those of the author[s] and do not necessarily represent those of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please see our website policies.)

The documents are listed in the following categories:


General

Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and Related Documents

Massachusetts Ocean Management Initiative (2003-2004) and Related Documents

Marine Habitat

  • Coastlines Winter 2004-2005 pdf format of    Coastlines 2004-2005  file size 37MB - This edition of the CZM magazine features coastal and marine habitats.
  • Gulf of Maine Marine Habitat Primer - Written by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center Fellow hosted by CZM, this 2005 publication of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment provides an overview of the Gulf of Maine’s coastal and offshore habitats. Illustrated with color photographs and drawings, the primer describes habitat characteristics, ecological functions, economic and recreational values, human impacts, and management considerations.
  • Habitat Classification Feasibility Study for Coastal and Marine Environments in Massachusetts pdf format of    ma-habitat-classification-study.pdf  file size 1MB - This 2007 report summarizes and evaluates four habitat classification studies to determine the most suitable framework or combination of frameworks for classifying coastal and marine habitats in Massachusetts.
  • Strategic Plan for Mapping Massachusetts' Benthic Marine Habitats pdf format of    Plan for Mapping Massachusetts Benthic Marine Habitats  file size 1MB - This “evolving draft” plan gives a brief overview of the numerous types of equipment that are used to collect benthic habitat data, recommendations on which types of equipment are most suited for mapping in various water depths, a detailed protocol for groundtruth sampling/data classification and analysis, and recommendations for conducting benthic habitat mapping in Massachusetts.

Seafloor Mapping and Seafloor Habitat Mapping

  • Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet - This reference book details the ArcMarine Data Model—an evolving database structure that supports spatial data from various aspects of marine research including seafloor mapping, fisheries management, marine mammal tracking, monitoring of shoreline change, and other oceanographic data. Chapter 3, "Marine Surveys," features CZM/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data from Gloucester to Nahant as a case study for using the ArcMarine database scheme.
  • Geophysical and Sampling Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Duxbury to Hull, Massachusetts - This 2010 CZM/USGS report contains geophysical and geological data collected by USGS on three cruises between 2006 and 2007. These data are supplemented with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hydrographic survey conducted in 2003 to update navigation charts. The geophysical data include (1) swath bathymetry from interferometric sonar and multibeam echosounders, (2) acoustic backscatter from sidescan sonar and multibeam echosounders, and (3) subsurface stratigraphy and structure from seismic-reflection profilers. The geological data include sediment samples, seafloor photographs, and bottom videos.
  • Geophysical and Sampling Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Northern Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts - This 2010 CZM/USGS report contains geophysical and sampling data collected by USGS during five research cruises between 2006 and 2008. The geophysical data include (1) swath bathymetry from interferometric sonar, (2) acoustic backscatter from interferometric and sidescan sonars, and (3) subsurface stratigraphy and structure from seismic-reflection profilers. The seafloor sampling data include sediment samples, photographs, and video tracklines.
  • Habitat Classification Feasibility Study for Coastal and Marine Environments in Massachusetts pdf format of    ma-habitat-classification-study.pdf  file size 1MB - This 2007 report summarizes and evaluates four habitat classification studies to determine the most suitable framework or combination of frameworks for classifying coastal and marine habitats in Massachusetts.
  • High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Boston Harbor and Approaches, Massachusetts - This CZM/USGS report published in 2006 presents the surficial geologic framework data and information for the sea floor of Boston Harbor. The geophysical data for these maps were collected as part of hydrographic surveys carried out by NOAA in 2000 and 2001. Bottom photographs, video, and samples of the sediments were collected in September 2004 to help in the interpretation of the geophysical data. Included in this report are high-resolution maps of the sea floor and a gallery of photographs of the sea floor.
  • High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Cape Ann to Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts - This 2009 CZM/USGS report contains GIS data, maps, and technical explanations of data collection/processing and a discussion of the seafloor geology and topography from Cape Ann to Salisbury. The maps are based on marine geophysical data, sediment samples, and bottom photography obtained on two research cruises in 2004 and 2005.
  • High-Resolution Geologic Mapping of the Inner Continental Shelf: Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts - This 2006 CZM/USGS report presents high-resolution maps of the sea floor offshore of Massachusetts, from Nahant to Gloucester. The maps are based on marine geophysical data, sediment sampling, and bottom photography obtained on two research cruises carried out in 2003 and 2004.
  • Mapping the Geology of the Seafloor - This article on page 28 of the Winter 2004/2005 edition of CZM's Coastlines magazine pdf format of    Coastlines 2004-2005  file size 37MB discusses seafloor mapping methods and the projects occurring in Massachusetts.
  • Mapping Seafloor Surficial Geological Habitat in Massachusetts State Waters - This PowerPoint presentation given at the 2008 Association of American Geographers annual meeting discusses the CZM effort to map the Commonwealth's seafloor environment in cooperation with USGS.
  • Strategic Plan for Mapping Massachusetts' Benthic Marine Habitats pdf format of    Plan for Mapping Massachusetts Benthic Marine Habitats  file size 1MB - This evolving draft plan published by CZM in 2004 addresses the need to conduct coordinated, comprehensive mapping of Massachusetts benthic habitats to improve their management.

Ocean and Marine Information Collected through the Dredged Material Management Planning Process

Other

  • Ocean Zoning for the Gulf of Maine: A Background Paper pdf format of    Ocean Zoning Report  - Produced for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment in 2003 by Fara Courtney of Good Harbor Consulting and Jack Wiggin of UMass-Boston’s Urban Harbors Institute, this report presents an overview of how the concept of zoning, as understood from its genesis as a land-use management tool, is applied in the marine context—with specific details on its potential application in the region.
  • Massachusetts Aquaculture White Paper and Strategic Plan - These 1995 CZM publications include the information assembled as part of a study to identify how the state could proactively assist the aquaculture industry. The White Paper includes information on the biology, technology, support systems, water quality, seafood safety, legal, and economic aspects of the aquaculture industry. The Strategic Plan includes 68 specific recommendations for Massachusetts to implement to overcome constraints and take advantage of opportunities in the aquaculture industry.
  • Massachusetts Coastal and Ocean Education Guide for K-12 Teachers - CZM maintains a list of resources on ocean education with a special focus on Massachusetts-based programs and K-12 materials.