Item Identification

Title: Ecosystem Monitoring
Short Name: Ecosystem Monitoring (Ecomon)
Status: In Work

Shelf-wide Research Vessel Surveys are conducted 6-7 times per year over the continental shelf from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, using NOAA research ships or charter vessels. The Cape Hatteras to Cape Sable area is divided into four regions, and 30 randomly selected stations are targeted for sampling from each region.

The investigation utilizes shelf-wide research vessel surveys to gather data on planktonic organisms including zooplankton and ichtyoplankton. Environmental parameters are also collected but stored in different databases (e.g., OCDBS).

The investigation monitors the fishery-relevant components of the Northeast Shelf ecosystem, to characterize the baseline conditions and to determine the effects of biological and physical processes on the recruitment of Northeast shelf fishes.


Data from this program have supported numerous analyses documenting the seasonal and interannual variability in the distribution and abundance of the dominant zooplankton taxa on the northeast continental shelf.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None baseline conditions
None remote sensing
None shelf-wide
None ship of opportunity

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Cape Hatteras
None Cape Sable
None Georges Bank
None Gulf of Maine
None Mid Atlantic Bight
None Nova Scotia
None Southern New England

Child Items

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Data Set (DS) Oceanography Branch Plankton Database

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 9285
Metadata Record Created By: Kathleen C Mays
Metadata Record Created: 2009-05-06 13:51+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-06-28
Owner Org: NEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-06-29