NEAMAP

Uses of Data Generated by the NEAMAP Mid‐Atlantic/Southern New England Nearshore Trawl Survey, 2007‐2013

Assessment Related (NMFS & ASMFC)

Data provided to & incorporated into past assessments

    • Atlantic Menhaden – Predator diet data for inclusion in Multispecies VPA

    • Atlantic Sturgeon – Abundance data for ESA listing and subsequent re‐evaluation

    • Butterfish - Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity & age

    • Longfin Squid – Abundance, distribution, & length

    • River Herring (Alewife & Blueback) – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, & maturity

    • Summer Flounder – Abundance & age

    • Winter flounder – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

Data provided to but not incorporated* into an assessment

*Due to short time series of data available, NOT because of data quality.

    • Atlantic Sea Scallop – Abundance, distribution, & length

    • Black Drum – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Bluefish – Abundance, distribution, length, & age

    • Scup – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Skate complex (Clearnose, Little, & Winter) – Abundance, distribution, & length

    • Spiny Dogfish – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & diet

    • Weakfish – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

Data provided to an assessment & results currently pending

    • American lobster – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, berry status & stage, shell disease

    • Atlantic croaker – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Black Sea Bass – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Butterfish – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Horseshoe crab – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, & maturity

    • Smooth dogfish – Distribution & abundance

    • Spot – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Striped Bass – Length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Summer Flounder – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, maturity, & age

    • Tautog – Abundance, distribution, length, sex, & maturity

State Regulations (Setting of Conservation Equivalency)
    • Scup – State of New York

    • Summer Flounder – State of New York & Commonwealth of Virginia

Additional Research Efforts
    • Black sea bass ‐ ageing exchange with NMFS & Massachusetts DMF.

    • Black sea bass ‐ hard part (scale/otolith) comparison for ageing.

    • Butterfish ‐ delineation of preferred habitat with NMFS, Sandy Hook Laboratory.

    • Longfin squid ‐ began recording sex and maturity data in 2013.

    • Monkfish ‐ population genetics with the University of Madrid in Spain.

    • Scup ‐ hard part (scale/otolith) comparison for ageing.

    • Summer flounder – supported sampling to quantify first year growth and habitat preferences.

    • Summer flounder – hard part (scale/otolith) comparison for ageing (ongoing).

    • Alewife & blueback herring ‐ collaboration to improve stock assessment with University of New Hampshire.

    • Alewife & blueback herring ‐ population genetics with University of California, Santa Cruz.

    • American lobster – began sampling hard parts to develop age data for this species.

    • Atlantic croaker & spot ‐ ageing exchange with ASMFC partners.

    • Atlantic croaker, black drum, kingfish, & spot ‐ population genetics with South Carolina DNR.

    • Atlantic menhaden ‐ contaminant analysis in collaboration with Seton Hall University.

    • Bluefin tuna ‐ investigation of prey species as a source of contaminant loads.

    • Coastal bats ‐ delineation of populations with the University of Maryland.

    • Coastal sharks & Atlantic sturgeon ‐ tagging studies in collaboration with NMFS.

    • Little skate ‐ population genetics with Boston University.

    • Silver hake ‐ population genetics with colleagues at VIMS.

    • Tautog ‐ population genetics with Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

    • Striped bass ‐ sampling to identify prevalence and severity of Mycobacterium infection in the coastal migratory population.

    • Striped bass ‐ investigation to quantify predatory impact in collaboration with NEFSC and in response to Congressional inquiry.

    • Windowpane Flounder - provided data to inform the SMAST Bycatch Avoidance System.

    • Winter Flounder - provided data to inform a SMASH / Coonamesset Farm winter flounder bycatch reduction study.

    • Yellowtail Flounder - provided data to inform the SMAST Yellowtail Flounder Bycatch Avoidance System. 

    • Quantified biogeography of Block Island & Rhode Island Sounds with University of Rhode Island to support Marine Spatial Planning efforts (Rhode Island Ocean SAMP).

    • Expanded diet sampling to generate coastwide trophic model in collaboration with SEAMAP.

    • Began working with Massachusetts DMF, Maine/New Hampshire, and NEFSC Bottom Trawl Surveys to identify and quantify possible shifts in species distributions in Northeast waters.

    • Initiated efforts to quantify the behavior of fishes (e.g., Longfin squid and flatfishes) relative to the NEAMAP trawl, and in turn develop estimates of capture efficiency/catchability.

    • Received over 200 visits to our online catch and diet databases since initialized in early 2012.