Ecological Characterization of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Region to Support Future Marine Monitoring, Research and Management Efforts
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has published An Ecological Characterization of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Region, a scientific report that will support future monitoring and scientific studies, the development of educational material, and spatially explicit management decisions. The report provides data, models, maps and analyses on the distribution of marine flora, fauna, contaminants, and physical oceanography in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and in the broader Gulf of Maine region. This NCCOS study is the result of a three-year collaboration with the National Marine Sanctuary Program to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine. NCCOS researchers used data from previous scientific studies, in addition to conducting new surveys, giving them a wider range of data for analysis than most traditional biogeography studies yield. The report is available online at http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/products/biogeography/stellwagen/, and hard copies will also available within the next month or two. For more information, please contact Tim Battista at (301) 713-3028 ext.171 or Tim.Battista@noaa.gov.