Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

3-1-2010

Abstract

Concerns regarding the status of fishery-independent data collection from continental shelf waters between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and the U.S. / Canadian border led the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Management and Science Committee (MSC) to draft a resolution in 1997 calling for the formation of the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP) (ASMFC 2002). NEAMAP is a cooperative state-federal program modeled after the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP), which has been coordinating fishery-independent data collection south of Cape Hatteras since the mid-1980s (Rester 2001). The four main goals of this new program directly address the deficiencies noted by the MSC for this region and include 1) developing fishery-independent surveys for areas where current sampling is either inadequate or absent 2) coordinating data collection among existing surveys as well as any new surveys 3) providing for efficient management and dissemination of data and 4) establishing outreach programs (ASMFC 2002). The NEAMAP Memorandum of Understanding was signed by all partner agencies by July 2004.

Keywords

Fisheries, Atlantic, Data

Publication Statement

Submitted to: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service - Northeast Fisheries Science Center & Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Funding

Award Number: NA09NMF4540005 Award Period: January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009

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