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NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-181

Characterization of the Fishing Practices and Marine Benthic Ecosystems of the Northeast U.S. Shelf, and an Evaluation of the Potential Effects of Fishing on Essential Fish Habitat

by David Stevenson1, Louis Chiarella1, Dianne Stephan1, Robert Reid2, Kurt Wilhelm1, John McCarthy2, and Michael Pentony1
1National Marine Fisheries Serv., 1 Blackburn Dr., Gloucester, MA 01930
2National Marine Fisheries Serv., 74 Magruder Rd., Highlands, NJ 07732

Web version posted March 16, 2006

Citation: Stevenson D, Chiarella L, Stephan D, Reid R, Wilhelm K, McCarthy J, Pentony M. 2006. Characterization of the fishing practices and marine benthic ecosystems of the northeast US shelf, and an evaluation of the potential effects of fishing on essential habitat. NOAA Tech Memo NMFS NE 181; 179 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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