Fall 2008 Update: Georges Bank Subregion
Following cooler than average summer and fall SSTs during 2007, the Georges Bank subregion moderated during the winter 2008. Cooler conditions were established by late spring followed by a warming trend into summer. The spring bloom was of short duration though the data is not clear on when exactly the bloom ended. The data associated with the spring bloom was highly variable and there were missing values associated with the latter portion of the bloom. Zooplankton biomass has been at or below the long-term average on Georges Bank through the summer of 2007 to the spring of 2008. There were not enough samples in the region during the winter of 2007 (Nov/Dec) to derive a reliable estimate of regional biomass and there were no samples in the early summer (May/Jun).