Fall 2008 Update: Subregion Comparison of Zooplankton

Winter (Jan/Feb) zooplankton biomasses have been remaining steady or increasing through the ecosystem. In contrast, early spring (Mar/Apr) zooplankton biomass is declining in the Gulf of Maine and on Georges Bank but are remaining steady in Southern New England and the Middle Atlantic Bight. Spring zooplankton biomasses in the Gulf of Maine were the lowest observed in the 30 year record. Unfortunately, there is no data from the early summer of 2008.

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