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Fall 2010 Update: Spring Conditions - Northeast Shelf Ecosystem

In the accompanying figure, surface temperature and chlorophyll biomass values are shown from July 2009 to June 2010.The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem exhibited minor fluctuations in sea surface temperatures during the first half of the period. Consistently warm conditions occurred along the shelf during March through June 2010. The robust fall bloom of 2009 was followed by an exceptional spring bloom in 2010. The spring bloom in 2010 developed slightly later than usual and was of shorter duration than in previous years. Zooplankton biomass data were not available for this update.

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