Incorporating Sediment and Hydrography Data in Assessments for Tilefish and Lobster

Principal Investigator: John A. Quinlan
Co-Principal Investigator: John F. Walter
External Collaborator: Yong Chen (University of Maine)

American LobsterFish and crustaceans, such as golden tilefish and American lobsters, living in the ocean respond to environmental variables such as temperature, salinity, sediment type, and bottom structure. These environmental covariates are just one aspect of the suite of factors that determine where these animals live, how abundant they are, and how they grow.

Historically, measuring the ocean environment in a meaningful way over the range of the animals has been challenging. When environmental information was available, it was an additional challenge to utilize the data properly. Today though, there are a variety of tools available to make decent measurements of the ocean environment, and there are new analytical tools to make the quantitative links between organism abundance and the environment.

Golden TilefishScientists at the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center and the University of Maine are collaborating on a project that will make use of these tools to improve management of golden tilefish in the Gulf of Mexico and American lobster in the Gulf of Maine.

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