Northeast Fisheries Science Center

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) engages in research activities including stock assessments and fishery surveys, aquaculture research, and field stock enhancement investigations.

The Center also conducts monitoring of the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem for long-term changes, social and economic research in support of the fishery management process, and process-oriented research projects such as studying the impacts of global climate change on the coupling of zooplankton/cod and haddock larvae distribution and predation on Georges Bank.

The Center supports the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office, and produces reliable information critical to the development of regional fishery management plans for the New England Fisheries Management Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The NEFSC has facilities in Woods Hole, MA, Narragansett, RI, Milford, CT, and Sandy Hook, NJ, as well as support staff at the National Systematics Laboratory in Washington, DC. The Center utilizes the NOAA Ships Albatross IV and Delaware II for a majority of its fisheries survey and research cruises, employs several inshore research vessels, and periodically charters private fishing vessels and academic research ships to support ecosystem surveys on the northeast continental shelf. The NEFSC engages in cooperative research with states, universities, and the fishing industry.