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Northeast Fisheries Science Center Reference Document 04-01

Current Fisheries Research and Future Ecosystems Science in the Northeast Center: Collected Abstracts of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Eighth Science Symposium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 3-5, 2004

Donna L. Johnson, Thomas W. Finneran, Beth A. Phelan, Ashok D. Deshpande, Catherine L. Noonan, Suellen Fromm, and Danielle M. Dowds, Compilers
National Marine Fisheries Serv., 74 Magruder Rd., Highlands, NJ 07732

Web version posted January 29, 2004

Citation: Johnson, D.L.; Finneran, T.W.; Phelan, B.A.; Deshpande, A.D.; Noonan, C.L.; Fromm, S.; Dowds, D.M., compilers. 2004. Current fisheries research and future ecosystems science in the Northeast Center: collected abstracts of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Eighth Science Symposium, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 3-5, 2004. Northeast Fish. Sci. Cent. Ref. Doc. 04-01; 64 p.

Information Quality Act Compliance: In accordance with section 515 of Public Law 106-554, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center completed both technical and policy reviews for this report. These predissemination reviews are on file at the NEFSC Editorial Office.

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Christine E. Zetlin was a regular presenter
and participant at the Northeast Center Science Symposia.
Her frequent attendance and contribution exemplified
her devotion to her craft, colleagues and friends.

Tuesday - February 3, 2004
11:00 am – 12:00pm
Registration Imperial Ballroom
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Fortune’s Restaurant
1:00pm – 1:15pm

Welcome Address 
Chief, Ecosystems Processes Division (EPD)
NEFSC/James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook

Imperial Ballroom
1:15pm – 2:00pm
Acting Science and Research Director, NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory
  Keynote Speaker:
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Session I
Jerome Prezioso, Session Moderator
EPD, Oceanography Branch
NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory

A history of ecosystem studies of the U.S. northeast shelf ecosystem, 1807 – 2004
SARA P. ADAMS and Kenneth Sherman
NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory


Potential contribution of new technologies to essential fish habitat designation
JEFFREY PESSUTTI and John Manderson
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


Bay scallop, Argopecten irradians irradians, restoration efforts in the northeastern United States
NEFSC/Milford Laboratory


Condition of young-of-the-year bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) from two different estuaries along the Mid-Atlantic Bight
JENNIFER C. SAMSON and Ashok D. Deshpande
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


The distribution, diet, and growth of young-of-the-year bluefish, in a northwest Atlantic estuary
JOHN G. HILBERT JR., Beth Phelan, John E. Rosendale, and Carol Meise
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


True confessions:  lessons learned and new research initiatives in the microalgal mass culture room at Milford
MARK S. DIXON and Gary H. Wikfors
NEFSC/Milford Laboratory

4:00pm – 7:00pm
Hotel Check-in
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Indoor Pool Room

Identification of Pseudocalanus moultoni and Pseudocalanus newmani from the northeast continental shelf
Jacquelyn Anderson and Jack Green
NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory


Safer surveys:  a model for developing safer marine mammal aerial surveys
Nicole Cabana
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Evidence of rapid evolution in an estuarine dependent gadid, Atlantic tomcod (Microgadus tomcod), in response to environmental contamination with PCBs
R. Christopher Chambers1, David Witting1, David Cerino1, and Ike Wirgin2
1NEFSC/James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook
2Dept. of Environmental Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

  Hard-substrate reef as a habitat for finfish, preliminary results
Paul E. Clark1, Ronald Goldberg1, Catherine Kuropat1, Renée Mercaldo-Allen1, Jose J. Pereira1 and Lauren M. Vinokur2
1NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
2Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Stomach content analysis of northern, Prionotus carolinus (Linnaeus) and striped, Prionotus evolans (Linnaeus) searobins from Long Island Sound
Paul E. Clark1, Jose J. Pereira1, and Francis Juanes2
1NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
2Univ. of Massachusetts, Natural Resources Conservation Dept., Amherst MA


Mid-Atlantic Fishing Communities Project
Bonnie J. McCay
Dept. of Human Ecology, Cook College, Rutgers University


Sediment grain size and groundfish assemblage structure in the northeastern continental shelf ecosystem
Elizabeth Methratta and Jason Link
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Seasonal movement of black sea bass
Joshua Moser and Gary Shepherd
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Natural spawning of black sea bass, Centropristis striata, at the NMFS Milford Laboratory and the UMASS Dartmouth Laboratory with observations on spawning behavior
David A. Nelson1, Dean M. Perry1 and Edward Baker2
1NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
2136 Beechwood Hill Tr, Exeter, RI 02882


The abundance and distribution of Temora longicornis (Copepoda) within the Northwest Atlantic shelf waters, 1977-2002
Jerome Prezioso and Joseph Kane
NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory


Culture and rearing techniques of scyphozoans and hydrozoans (jellies) in public aquaria for exhibit display
Brandon Schmidt
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Sectioning otoliths in the 21st century: increased efficiency through the use of new technology
Nina Shepherd, Sandra J. Sutherland, Sarah Pregracke, Daphne Cassidy, Christine Esteves, Blanche Jackson, Elizabeth O’Neill, and Jay Burnett
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Spawning duration and frequency of weakfish, Cynoscion regalis, near the northern margin of its geographic range based on the size and age structure of young-of-the-year
Donald D. Shrump Jr. and R. Christopher Chambers
NEFSC/James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook

  Age-structure reference collections:  the importance of being earnest
Vaughn Silva, Nancy Munroe, Sarah E. Pregracke, and John Burnett
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory

Communal effects between Argopecten irradians irradians and Nassarius obsoletus
David J. Veilleux and Katlyn Mihalek
NEFSC/Milford Laboratory


PCB bioaccumulation trends and ecosystem stress responses in young-of-the-year bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)
Shayla D. Williams and Ashok D. Deshpande
NEFSC/James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook

Wednesday  - February 4, 2004
7:00am – 8:00am
Fortune’s Restaurant

Session II
Maureen H. Taylor, Session Moderator
EPD, Oceanography Branch
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Species-habitat characterization for the Georges Bank ecosystem
SUKWOO CHANG1, Peter Berrien1, Donna Johnson1,Joseph Kane2, John O’Reilly2 and Maureen Taylor3
1NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook
2NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory
3NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Density-dependent habitat use in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank or what do Fretwell and Lucas know about fish anyway?
JOSE J. PEREIRA1, Eric Schultz2 and Peter Auster3
1NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
2University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
3National Undersea Research Center, University of Connecticut at Avery  Point, Groton, Connecticut


Three-dimensional visualization of fisheries’ acoustics data and models
DAVID F. CHEVRIER and J. Michael Jech
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Plankton monitoring utilizing a MOCNESS mounted Video Plankton Recorder
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


A comparison of organic nutrient levels in near-shore and offshore environments
JOHN E. MCCARTHY, Vincent G. Guida, and Andrew F. J. Draxler
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


The outer shelf of the mid-Atlantic:  Terra incognita at our doorstep
VINCENT G. GUIDA1, Page C. Valentine2, Frank Almeida3, Michael Fahay1, Joseph J.Vitaliano1, Maureen H. Taylor3, Martha S. Nizinski4, and Lauren Pandolfo5
1NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook
2USGS, Woods Hole Field Office, Woods Hole, MA
3NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory
4NEFSC/National Systematics Laboratory
5Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI


Preliminary Observations on the Diversity of the Fauna Associated with Lophelia Banks off North Carolina
MARTHA S. NIZINSKI1, Steven W. Ross2, and Kenneth J. Sulak3
1NEFSC/National Systematics Laboratory
2Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina-Wilmington,
3U.S.G.S, Biological Resources, Gainesville, FL

10:00am – 10:30am
Morning Break

Session III
Jeffrey Pessutti, Session Moderator
EPD, Behavioral Ecology Branch
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


Long-term effects of quahoging and crabbing gear on the benthic ecosystem of Raritan Bay
CLYDE L. MACKENZIE, JR., Donald G. McMillan, Robert Pikanowski, John Rosendale, Daniel Wieczorek, John Hilbert, and Chad Brown
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


A system for simulating the biogeochemical habitats of lobsters, and its use for determining survival at elevated temperature
Andrew F. J. Draxler1, Richard A. Robohm2, DANIEL WIECZOREK1 and Michael Schafer1, Diane Kapareiko2, Steven Pitchford2
1NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook
2NEFSC/Milford Laboratory


Effects of environmental stressors on disease susceptibility in lobsters:  a controlled laboratory study
Richard A. Robohm1, Andrew F. J. Draxler2, DIANE KAPAREIKO1, Steven Pitchford1, Daniel Wieczorek2 and Lori Davias2
1NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
2NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


Methods and importance of analyzing PCB concentrations in lobster Hepatopancreas tissues
Ashok D. Deshpande, MICHAEL W. SCHAFER, A.F.J. Draxler, and Daniel Wieczorek
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


Comparison of two different methods of lipid analysis in fish tissue
THOMAS H. CLEARY, Vincent Guida, and Jennifer C. Samson
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Fortune’s Restaurant

Session IV
Dr. Martha S. Nizinski, Session Moderator
NEFSC/National Systematics Laboratory


Modeling study of movement and settlement of the Atlantic sea scallops in the Northeast United States Coastal Region
ZHIZHANG YANG, David G. Mountain, Dvora Hart, and Paul Rago
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


The influence of surface layer salinity changes on wintertime convection in Wilkinson Basin, Gulf of Maine
MAUREEN H. TAYLOR and David G. Mountain
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Benthic macrofauna and sedimentary habitats of the closed areas on Georges Bank
JOSEPH J. VITALIANO1, Robert N. Reid1, and Page Valentine2
1NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook
2USGS, Woods Hole Field Office, Woods Hole, MA


Yellowtail flounder cooperative tagging study
AZURE D. WESTWOOD and Steve X. Cadrin
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Results from PSAT attachments to swordfish…a cautionary tale
RICHARD BRILL1 and Michael Musyl2
1NMFS/NEFSC, VIMS-HU CMER Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
2NMFS/PIFSC, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI


Monitoring the juvenile sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus, population in the Delaware Bay nursery grounds
CAMILLA T. MCCANDLESS1, Harold L. Pratt, Jr.2, and Nancy E. Kohler1
1NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory
2Mote Marine Laboratory, FL

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Break
  Session V
Diane Kapareiko, Session Moderator
Aquaculture and Enhancement Division, Biotechnology Branch
NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
Indirect age estimation of butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus) based on otolith weights:  preliminary results
SANDRA J. SUTHERLAND, Nancy Munroe, Elizabeth O’Neill, and John Burnett
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory
A model to estimate growth rate in young-of-the-year tautog, Tautoga onitis, based on RNA/DNA ratio and seawater temperature
RENEE MERCALDO-ALLEN1, Catherine Kuropat1, Elaine Caldarone2 and Ronald Goldberg1
1NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
2NEFSC/Narragansett Laboratory
Growth of juvenile black sea bass, Centropristis striata, in a recirculating seawater system
David A. Nelson1, DEAN M. PERRY1, Robin Katersky1, Stephen Metzler2 and Dylan Redman2
1NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
2End to End Technical Services Inc., Portsmouth, VA
How different light regimes and intensities affect growth rates and nutrient uptake in Tetraselmis chui (PLY429)
SHANNON L. MESECK and Jennifer Alix
NEFSC/Milford Laboratory
The effects of shell hash on the survival and transport of juvenile Spisula solidissima
CMER program/IMCS, Rutgers University
Mid-Atlantic Fishing Communities Project
Dept. of Human Ecology, Cook College, Rutgers University
Dinner Chelsea Ball Room
Thursday – February 5, 2004
8:00am – 9:00am
Fortune’s Restaurant

Session VI
Joseph J. Vitaliano, Session Moderator
EPD, Coastal Ecology Branch
NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook


A petroleum fingerprinting study of ribbed mussels and sediments from a previously contaminated and freshly contaminated site in the Arthur Kill
BRUCE W. DOCKUM1, Ashok D. Deshpande1, and Amy M. Tesolin2
1NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook
2Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan


Update on coastal Maine river Atlantic salmon smolt studies: 2003
JAMES HAWKES1, John Kocik1 and Gregory Mackey2
1NOAA Fisheries Maine Field Station/ NEFSC, Orono, ME
2Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission/Downeast Regional Office, Jonesboro, Maine


Changes in the proportion of naturally reared Atlantic salmon smolts to hatchery smolts emigrating from the Penobscot River, ME, during 2000-2003
CHRISTINE LIPSKY1, James Loftin1, Edward Hastings1, and Russell Brown2
NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC, 31 Main St., Orono, ME 04473
2NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Update on NOAA Fisheries aerial surveys for right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) off the northeastern United States
TIMOTHY V.N. COLE, Peter A. Duley, Kelly A. Houle, Misty D. Nelson, Richard M. Pace III, Brenda K. Rone, Alison K. Stimpert and Frederick W. Wenzel
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


Sand lance as an intermediate vector in the trophic transfer of contaminants in the endangered humpback whales
ASHOK D. DESHPANDE1, Bruce W. Dockum1, and Salvatore Testaverde2
1NEFSC/ James J. Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook
2National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office

10:30am – 11:00am
Closing Remarks
Frank Almeida
Acting Deputy Science and Research Director,
NEFSC/Woods Hole Laboratory


We would like to thank all the participants of the NEFSC who have contributed to the production of this Science Symposium. Special thanks to Dee Dee Grevelis and Karen Tougas who were instrumental in coordinating travels plans at their facilities. Thanks also to Michael P. Fahay for his helpful editorial advice. Finally, we are greatly indebted to Laura Garner and Jon Gibson for without their assistance this document would not have been possible.


Adams, Sara
Almeida, Frank
Anderson, Jacquelyn
Boreman, John
Briggs, Ruth
Brill, Richard
Broughton, Elisabeth
Buckley, Lawrence
Busch, Donna
Cabana, Nicole
Caldarone, Elaine
Cassidy, Daphne
Chambers, Christopher
Chang, Sukwoo
Chevrier, David
Clark, Paul
Cleary, Thomas
Cole, Tim
Croxton, April
Cummings, Meagan
Denecour, Joyce
Deshpande, Ashok
Despres, Linda
Dixon, Mark
Dockum, Bruce
Dow, David
Dowds, Danielle
Draxler, Andrew
Drohan, Amy
Duquette, Jonathan
Fabrizio, Mary
Finneran, Thomas
Frady, Teri
Fromm, Steve
Fromm, Suellen
Gabriel, Wendy

Goldberg, Ronald
Green, John
Grevelis, DeeDee
Griswold, Carolyn
Guida, Vincent
Hawkes, James
Hilbert, John
Hoey, John
Hughes, Jim
Jearld, Ambrose
Jeffress, Dorothy
Johnson, Donna
Kane, Joseph
Kapareiko, Diane
Keith, Nathan
Kohler, Nancy
Kuropat, Cathy
Lang, Kathy
Lent, Rebecca
Lipsky, Christine
MacKenzie,, Clyde
Manderson, John
Martin, Christopher
McCandless, Camilla
McCarthy, John
McCay, Bonnie
McMillan, Donald
Meise, Carol
Mercaldo-Allen, Renee
Meseck, Shannon
Methratta, Elizabeth
Moakley, Jack
Moser, Joshua
Mountain, David
Munroe, Thomas
Mustafa, Helen

Newby, Shannon
Nizinski, Martha
Noji, Thomas
Noonan, Catherine
O'Neill, Elizabeth
Palmer, Joan
Pereira, Jose
Perry, Dean
Pessutti, Jeffrey
Phelan, Beth
Pikanowski, Robert
Pregracke, Sarah
Prezioso, Jerome
Rosendale, John
Samson, Jennifer
Schafer, Michael
Schmidt, Brandon
Sennefelder, George
Serchuk, Fred
Shepherd, Nina
Shrump, Donald
Silva, Vaughn
Smith, Daniel
Stehlik, Linda
Sutherland, Sandra
Taylor, Maureen
Tougas, Karen
Turner, Pat
Veilleux, David
Vitaliano, Joseph
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