Narragansett Lab Current Research and Features
Research at our Narragansett Laboratory covers a wide range of topics, making us a regional focal point for incorporating climate information into fisheries and endangered species assessments.
Our Apex Predator Program initiated and maintains the longest continuous shark tagging program in the world.
This program engages thousands of recreational and commercial fishermen, conducts long term fishery independent surveys of large coastal sharks and shark nursery grounds, and conducts shark life history research all of which are essential for stock assessment and management.
For more information, visit our shark pages
Our Cooperative Research Branch collaborates with the fishing industry to conduct research that improves understanding of fisheries resources, the ocean ecosystem, and the businesses that rely upon it.
For more information, visit our Cooperative Research page.
Our Oceans and Climate Branch runs the Ecosystem Monitoring (EcoMon) surveys. These surveys monitor oceanographic conditions and the distribution and abundance of fish larvae, fish eggs, and zooplankton across the Northeast U.S. continental shelf, from North Carolina to the Gulf of Maine.
While we've made some changes to the sampling program over time, we have sampled this area with the same general methods used by by EcoMon and previous Center surveys since the 1970s.
For more information, visit our Oceans and Climate Branch
The Greater Atlantic Region’s Restoration Center addresses fishery habitat restoration through its Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program and Community-Based Restoration Program. These programs use projects like dam removal to benefit river herring and other migratory fish and salt marsh restoration, which both rehabilitates habitats for many commercial and recreationally-important fisheries and increases resiliency to storms for local coastal communities.
For more information, visit the Habitat Restoration Center page