For Immediate Release
Date: December 10, 2021


Jim Martin
(603) 271-3710

Gulf of Maine Council Recognizes International Award Winners for 2021

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – During a virtual ceremony on the evening of December 9, 2021, the Gulf of Maine Council, on which staff from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services serve, presented international awards to honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference in protecting the health and sustainability of the Gulf of Maine watershed. Several individuals from New Hampshire received recognition.

“We are pleased to recognize these incredible award winners from Canada and the United States. Their volunteer and professional efforts have supported the Gulf of Maine Council’s binational collaboration to protect the unique habitat, marine life, and economic resources of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem,” said Darryl C. Eisan, Director of Canada-United States Relations, Nova Scotia Department of Intergovernmental Affairs who hosted the virtual awards program from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Two individuals and one business received gulfwide awards for the far-reaching impact of their contributions on the health of the Gulf of Maine.  

  • Patricia Hughes of Massachusetts received the Susan Snow-Cotter Leadership Award for outstanding leadership as a coastal management professional within the Gulf of Maine.  
  • Michele Tremblay of New Hampshire received the Longard Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteer efforts to protect and conserve natural resources within the Gulf of Maine.
  • SeaTrac Systems, Inc. of Massachusetts received the Sustainable Industry Award for outstanding innovation and leadership in achieving sustainable business practices and conserving natural resources within the Gulf of Maine.

The Gulf of Maine Council honored the work of seven individuals with Visionary Awards in recognition of their outstanding innovation, creativity, and commitment to protecting natural resources within the Gulf of Maine.

  • John Storer, New Hampshire
  • Cory Riley, New Hampshire
  • Paula Terrasi, Massachusetts
  • Anne Hayden, Maine
  • Dr. Nichole Price, Maine
  • Levi Cliche, Nova Scotia
  • Darren Porter, Nova Scotia

The Gulf of Maine Council presented four Distinguished Service Awards for exceptional service and contributions to the Gulf of Maine Council over the past several years.

  • Bill Appleby, Environment and Climate Change Canada (retired)
  • Perry Haines, New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government (retired)
  • Lee Sochasky, New Brunswick
  • Jason Tuell, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Additional information about the Gulf of Maine Council 2021 awards with recipient highlights.


About the Gulf of Maine Council
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment was established in 1989 by the Governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts to foster cooperative actions within the Gulf watershed. The Council’s mission is to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing and future generations. For more information, please go to