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The Population and Ecosystems Monitoring Division performs large-scale fishery-independent surveys and applied research. Our science supports fisheries stock assessments and ecosystem-based fisheries and protected species management in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, southeastern Atlantic (South Atlantic), and Caribbean regions.

Fishery-independent surveys use consistent, standardized sampling methods to assess changes in focal species’ abundance and other population metrics (e.g., age and size structure) over space and time. We use trawls, plankton nets, longlines, scuba divers, video cameras, and fish traps to survey. Our surveys support stock assessments for approximately 40 stocks in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, South Atlantic, and Atlantic high seas. The data we collect and analyze supports management advice to three regional fishery management councils, two interstate marine fisheries commissions, and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.

Our applied research focuses on topics including fish population dynamics (including the effect of habitat, climate, ecosystem, and anthropogenic drivers), habitat ecology and restoration, fisheries and community ecology, and the application of advanced technologies to fisheries- and habitat-focused research. We also coordinate closely with the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office to address habitat science needs.


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Data Steward

CC ID: 1091751
Date Effective From: 2021
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Kellison, Todd
Address: 101 Pivers Island Road
Beaufort, NC 28516
Email Address:
Phone: 252-838-0810
Fax: 252-728-8784



CC ID: 1180332
Name: About Population and Ecosystem Monitoring Division @ Southeast Fisheries Science Center
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Population and Ecosystem Monitoring

A Division of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, providing data, analytical products, research, and expertise to support NOAA Fisheries priorities.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 30650
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:30650
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2016-02-10 11:42+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-12 02:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-10-20
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-10-20
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-10-20