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Northeast Shelf

The Northeast Shelf system is marked with a temperate climate and high productivity influenced by tidal flux, gyre circulation, cold southward flowing currents and warm-core eddies that spin off the Gulf Stream. High productivity supports a diverse array of invertebrates, pelagic fish, groundfish, anadromous fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Read More...

Northeast IEA: in Action

One can envision management of marine resources along a continuum, from those focused solely on one facet within one sector (e.g., single stock fisheries management) using standard stock assessments or fishery management plans (FMPs), to those coordinating and managing across all facets within a sector (e.g. Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management [EBFM]) using fishery ecosystem assessments or plans (FEPs), to those coordinating and integrating across all facets of all ocean-use sectors (e.g., Ecosystem-Based Management [EBM]) using fully Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs).  Read More...

Northeast IEA: Products

Ecosystem-Advisory Report- designed to provide twice-annual updates on changes in the Northeast Shelf system with a focus on physical properties and changes at the base of the food web. These observations are supplemented with highlights on selected observed changes in other components of the ecosystem. These reports are intended to be timely reviews of important ecological observations. Read More

Northeast IEA: Publications

Ecosystem Assessment Program. 2012. Ecosystem Status Report for the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem - 2011. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. 12-07; 32 p. Available from: National Marine Fisheries Service, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1026, or online at http://nefsc.noaa.gov/publications/. Read More...

Northeast IEA:
Current Work

Ecosystem model development – a wide range of ecosystem models are begin developed for the Northeast U.S. Large Marine Ecosystem to provide strategic and tactical management advise.

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