Problems with Unofficial and Inaccurate Geographical Names in the Fisheries Literature

Richards, William J. (1999) Problems with Unofficial and Inaccurate Geographical Names in the Fisheries Literature. Marine Fisheries Review, 61(3), pp. 56-57.

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Abstract

Over a century of fi shery and oceanographic research conducted along the Atlantic coast of the United States has resulted in many publications using unofficial, and therefore unclear, geographic names for certain study areas. Such improper usage, besides being unscholarly, has and can lead to identification problems for readers unfamiliar with the area. Even worse, the use of electronic data bases and search engines can provide incomplete or confusing references when improper wording is used. The two terms used improperly most often are “Middle Atlantic Bight” and “South Atlantic Bight.” In general, the term “Middle Atlantic Bight” usually refers to an imprecise coastal area off the middle Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, and the term “South Atlantic Bight” refers to the area off the southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida’s east coast.

Item Type: Article
Title: Problems with Unofficial and Inaccurate Geographical Names in the Fisheries Literature
Personal Creator/Author:
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Richards, William J.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 61
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 56-57
Date: 1999
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Education
Fisheries
Item ID: 9792
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 20:13
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 20:13
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9792

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