About the Food Web Dynamics Program
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The Food Web Dynamics Program is located at the Woods Hole Laboratory of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and is a part of NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service. We are one of three programs in the Population Biology Branch of the Populations and Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis Division.
The underlying goals of the Food Web Dynamics Program are to quantify trophic interactions within the northeast U.S. (NEUS) continental shelf ecosystem with an emphasis on demersal and pelagic finfish including various elasmobranchs and commercially-important invertebrates. The research objectives are to estimate predation mortality relative to fishing mortality for commercially important species; model species interactions that influence the status of these stocks; relate diet variability to changes in population level processes; and advance our understanding of the NEUS continental shelf ecosystem.