Tag Archives: Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

Warming ocean may bring major changes for US northeast fishery species

NOAA scientists have released the first multispecies assessment of just how vulnerable U.S. marine fish and invertebrate species are to the effects of climate change. The study examined 82 species that occur off the Northeastern U.S., where ocean warming is occurring rapidly. Researchers found that most species evaluated will be affected, and that some are likely to be more resilient to changing ocean conditions than others. “Our method identifies specific attributes that influence marine fish and invertebrate resilience to the effects of a warming ocean and characterizes risks posed to individual species,” said Jon Hare, a fisheries oceanographer at NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and lead author of the study. Read the article here 20:00

Many young fish moving north with adults as climate changes

many young fish moving northwardResearchers found that larval stages of 43 percent of the species studied changed distribution, while adult stages of 50 percent of the species shifted distribution over the same time period. Shifts were predominantly northwards or along the shelf for both life stages, which is expected given the warming ocean in the region. In addition to distribution changes, the study also found changes in spawning times and locations for some species, implying a link between changes in distribution and changes in the environment. Larvae of winter and spring species like yellowtail flounder generally shifted earlier in the season. Summer and fall species like monkfish shifted later in the season. Read the rest here 14:42

Stock Assessment Review Committee Meeting To Review the Gulf of Maine Haddock and the Sea Scallop

federal-registerThe public portion of the Stock Assessment Review Committee Meeting will be held from July 15 through July 17, 2014.. The meeting will be held in the S.H. Clark Conference Room in the Aquarium Building of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Read more here 15:38

Sea Surface Temperatures Reach Highest Level in 150 Years on Northeast Continental Shelf from Cape Hatteras, N.C. to the Gulf of Maine

Sea  surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem during 2012  were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem  Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). continued