A History of Benthic Research in the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Steimle, Frank W. and Burnett, Jay M. and Theroux, Roger B. (1995) A History of Benthic Research in the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Marine Fisheries Review, 57(2), pp. 1-13.

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The Northeast Fisheries Science Center of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service has a long history of research on benthic invertebrates and habitats in support of the management of living marine resources. These studies began in the 1870's under Spencer F. Baird's guidance as part of an effort to characterize the Nation's fisheries and living marine resources and their ecological interactions. This century and a quarter of research has included many benthic invertebrate studies, including community characterizations, shellfish biology and culture, pathology, ecosystem energy budget modeling, habitat evaluations, assessments of human impacts, toxic chemical bioaccumulation in demersal food webs, habitat or endangered species management, benthic autecology, systematics (to define new species and species population boundaries), and other benthic studies. Here we review the scope of past and current studies as a background for strategic research planning and suggest areas for further research to support NOAA's goals of sustainable fisheries management, healthy coastal ecosystems, and protected species populations.

Item Type: Article
Title: A History of Benthic Research in the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Personal Creator/Author:
Steimle, Frank W.
Burnett, Jay M.
Theroux, Roger B.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 57
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 1-13
Date: 1995
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 9842
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:19
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:19
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9842

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