Indicators of pelagic habitat status in the Northwest Atlantic

Description

Changes in ocean currents, winds, and continental shelf circulation can result in regional changes to the habitat characteristics of pelagic areas of the ocean (areas that are neither close to the shore nor to the ocean bottom), which can either reduce or increase the productivity of fisheries. Although these types of large-scale environmental drivers cannot be managed, understanding them can help mitigate negative social, economic, and ecological outcomes. This project will analyze data on pelagic environments collected by the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) and identify environmental responses to large-scale atmospheric and oceanic changes across the northwest Atlantic. It will also develop a protocol for reporting the patterns of change in pelagic habitats and determine indicators of how the physical and chemical environments respond to large-scale changes.

Program Name

Strategic Program for Ecosystem-based Research and Advice (SPERA)

Ecoregion(s)

Atlantic: Newfoundland, Labrador Shelves

Principal Investigator(s)

Catherine Johnson

David Hebert

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