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Effects of the Western Gulf of Maine Closure on Boulder and Deep Mud Habitats

Project summary: Continuing work with Dr. Les Kaufman at Boston University and Gloucester fisherman Paul Vitale, this project is based on preliminary findings that the closure effect on the food web varies in strength across habitats (ie. effects are stronger in habitats that have a lot of structural relief: i.e., cobbles and boulders). This study will examine these effects in boulder and deep mud habitats to respond to questions about the biology of fishes and fisheries on Stellwagen Bank that have been raised by fishermen and other stakeholders. This project was made possible by on-going funding by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Project partners:
Dr. Les Kaufman, Boston University
Elizabeth Soule, Graduate Student, Boston University
Jason Link, Senior Scientist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Captain Paul Vitale, F/V Angela and Rose
David Bergeron, Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership
Olivia Free, Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership

 

 

 

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