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Changing Oceanographic Conditions And Environmental Justice Concerns In The Northeast Shelf

April 5, 2022

An image of a fishing boat in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Two new reports show the Northeast continental shelf marine ecosystems are experiencing notable ocean warming and changes in oceanography. The reports include new indicators that evaluate environmental justice concerns. 

The Northeast shelf extends from North Carolina to Maine and is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the United States. The annual New England and Mid-Atlantic State of the Ecosystem reports capture the big picture of the biology, climate, physical, and social conditions of the marine ecosystem. The assessments inform fisheries management by showing how the ecosystem is connected and changing. This ecosystem change, in turn, affects the distribution and abundance of marine species from phytoplankton to whales.

To learn more about the 2022 State of the Ecosystem Reports, please join us for a public webinar on May 11th, 2022, 12:00-1:00 EDT.  Register for the webinar here:

Read a summary of the reports here 

See the reports here