Fall 2008 Update: Southern New England Subregion
The Southern New England subregion tended to be warmer than average during the first half of 2008 with the exception of a cool period during May. The chlorophyll concentration data for the Southern New England subregion suggests that the area experienced an intense and long duration spring bloom. Much of this bloom activity can be attributed to the chlorophyll concentrations in the contiguous area of Massachusetts Bay and Nantucket Shoals. The provisional nature of chlorophyll data suggests caution should be applied in respect to the true dimensions of this bloom. Zooplankton abundances were near the long-term average from the summer of 2007 (Jul/Aug) through the spring of 2008 (Mar/Apr).