The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) conducts several different surveys off the northeast continental shelf each year. Complete coverage of the shelf (Cape Hatteras to the Gulf of Maine) occurs during the spring and fall bottom trawl surveys and during some of the Ecosystem Monitoring cruises. Station coverage on other cruises throughout the year varies. Some of the most recent cruise results are posted here but an effort is underway to eventually post the entire history of cruises.
Temperature and salinity observations are summarized and presented here. Cruise operation summaries are presented for all cruises. Distribution plots of surface and bottom temperature, salinity, and anomalies are contoured where sufficient data are available. Areal average temperature and salinity and the corresponding anomalies also are presented for the five different regions on the shelf and for 6 time periods throughout the year. Environmental data from the SCS system (Shipboard Computing System) are presented as time series figures for each leg of a cruise. No attempt has been made here to rigorously analyze the data or discuss in detail individual observations from the cruises