The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) has published, contributed to, and/or funded the following seafloor mapping publications. (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.) See CZM Publications for the full list of materials published by CZM.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Open-File Reports in Massachusetts Waters

(Listed in Reverse Chronological Order)

Seafloor Survey Reports

(Listed Alphabetically)

  • ENV12 CZM 01 Benthic Infaunal Analysis Report pdf format of benthic-infauna-report-2011.pdf
file size 14MB - This 2012 report prepared for CZM by AECOM Environment presents the results of the analysis of 214 seafloor grab samples collected in 2011 during a seafloor sediment survey of southern Cape Cod Bay, south of the Islands (including Vineyard Sound), and in Buzzards Bay. The survey was conducted by CZM and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s OSV Bold. Sediment type and infauna (small, sediment-dwelling animals) were sampled.
  • ENV13 CZM 01 Benthic Infaunal Analysis Report pdf format of ENV13 CZM 01 Benthic Infaunal Analysis Report
file size 2MB - This 2013 report prepared for CZM by AECOM Environment presents the results of an August 2012 seafloor sediment survey between Boston Harbor and the New Hampshire border. The report presents the results of the analysis of the 207 benthic infaunal grabs.
  • Sediment Grain Size and Benthic Infaunal Analysis in Support of CZM's Survey on the OSV Bold: Validation of Seafloor Sediment Maps in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay pdf format of benthic-infauna-report-2010.pdf
file size 5MB - This 2010 report, prepared for CZM by Normandeau Associates, Inc., presents the results of a seafloor sediment survey conducted by CZM and MarineFisheries in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay during the summer of 2010. Samples were collected to analyze sediment grain size and infauna (small, sediment-dwelling animals).

Other Seafloor and Habitat Mapping Publications

(Listed Alphabetically)

  • Gulf of Maine Marine Habitat Primer - Written by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center Fellow hosted by CZM, this 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 CZM report reviews 11 approaches to classifying coastal and ocean habitats and summarizes and evaluates four of these approaches to determine the most suitable framework or combination of frameworks for classifying coastal and marine habitats in Massachusetts.