Herring Boat
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 What is an Atlantic herring?

 herring distribution

 herring life-cycle

 herring ecology
Atlantic Herring
 The Gulf of Maine
bathymetric map of the Gulf of Maine
bathymetric map of the Gulf of Maine  Canadian Chart LC4003 of the Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine is a massive body of water, hundreds of kilometers wide, hundreds of kilometers long, and hundreds of meters deep.

If you could drive a car straight across the Gulf of Maine from the tip of Cape Cod to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, the distance would be similar to driving from Boston to Philadelphia.

The Gulf of Maine is a biologically unique marine region with a surface area of about 60,000 square kilometers.

The coastlines of the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to the west and northwest, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to the north and northeast, encircle it.

The Gulf of Maine is a discrete body of water that is almost entirely enclosed by these land masses and their submarine extensions.

Its nearness to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, its broad expanse of glacially carved basins and channels, and the seasonally extreme water temperatures, makes this "sea within a sea" a unique and valuable biogeographical region. No one knows the breadth and depth of the Gulf of Maine better than the marine scientists trying to understand the Gulf's biology and physical characteristics, and the fishermen, who for centuries have harvested its bounty.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Undersea Landscapes of the Gulf of Maine

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