Our Major Research Areas
Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
Managing resources to reflect the relationships among all ecosystem components, including human and nonhuman species and the environments in which they live.
Learn about Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries
There are various components that contribute to climate change and variability in the U.S. Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem.
Learn more about how climate change affects fisheries
Multispecies and Ecosystem Modeling
Development of multispecies and ecosystem models has an extensive history at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in consultation with regional management councils.
Learn about how we develop and use modeling in ecosystem research
Species on the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf have been shifting over time, possibly as a result of a combination of factors. These shifts are visible in movies of the distribution of key species.
Learn how we use habitat modeling to track species distribution
Primary Productivity and Food Webs
How many organisms can live and grow in a given area depends on the amount of photosynthesis by plants at the base of the food web.
Learn about our research in primary productivity and food webs
Our Primary Products
- Integrated Ecosystem Assessments
Providing a framework that brings social and ecological science and management advice to managers in a manner that is useful under current governance structures while supporting the adoption of Ecosystem-Based Management.
- State of the Ecosystem Reports
Synthesizing available information relevant to fishery management in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
- Ecosystem Status Reports
Linking information across indicators to give an integrated overview of ecosystem status relevant to ecosystem management decisions.
- Current Conditions
Providing a semiannual review of the physical and biological status of the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Ecosystem
- Ecosystem Context for Stock Assessments
Providing contextual ecosystem information for stocks found on the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf.
Science Program Reviews
Review of Modeling Approaches in Support of Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management, 2011
Ecosystem and Climate Science Review for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 2016
- Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management Strategy Review for Georges Bank, 2018