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October 25, 2006

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NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center

M E D I A  A D V I S O R Y

NOAA Fisheries Service Issues Advisory
on Northeast Continental Shelf Conditions

The NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Office of Marine Ecosystem Studies (OMES) has issued its Fall 2006 advisory describing ecosystem conditions across the U.S. Northeast Continental Shelf during the Spring 2006.  The advisories are issued twice yearly, providing a handy reference on trends in primary productivity and sea surface temperatures on the shelf. The advisory includes information on timing of the spring plankton bloom, dominant zooplankton species, and a comparison of spring 2006 conditions with those of fall 2006. 

NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to providing and preserving the nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific research, management, and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries provides effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation, supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public.

In 2007 NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, celebrates 200 years of science and service to the nation. Starting with the establishment of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.  The agency is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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