Thirty Years of Fishery Data Now Available

Analysis of 30 years’ worth of larval fish samples from three research reserves is now available through Fisheries management decisions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region are benefiting from this information. Access to these data is helping people expand their understanding of current conditions and changes, including the relative abundance of species and community composition. The project is also broadening the impact of the reserves’ system-wide environmental monitoring data by integrating these data with the fisheries data. For example, the two data sets together allow researchers to analyze larval winter flounder data relative to climate change. The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with Rutgers University and research reserves in the Carolinas, created the portal. (2016)

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Partners: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Rutgers University