Shelf Break Ecosystem Workshop - January 7-8, 2013

During January 7-8, 2013, a workshop was convened in Warwick, Rhode Island by CINAR partners and the CFRF to examine different perspectives on the continental shelf and shelf break area south of New England, and to chart a way forward for achieving a better understanding of this part of the ocean. The designated focus study area was defined as the area between the Great South Channel and Hudson Channel between the 60 m (30 fathom) and 1000 m (500 fathom) isobaths.

The overall goal of the 1.5 day workshop was to combine experiences and expertise to identify and discuss key research elements that would serve as a guiding structure for developing a multi-disciplinary, multi-year cooperative/collaborative research program to study continental shelf and shelf break ecosystem dynamics as they relate to fisheries science and management.  Participants included a select group of biological/chemical/physical oceanographers, ecologists, fisheries scientists, and commercial fishermen.

Related Documents:

  • “Direct interaction between the Gulf Stream and the shelfbreak south of New England” - Glen G. Gawarkiewicz, Robert E. Todd, Albert J. Plueddemann, Magdalena Andres - & James P. Manning - Click here to view

  • "Fishing on the Shelf Break" - Powerpoint Presentation presented by Fred Mattera, fishing industry representative and CFRF Vice-President - Click here
  • "Shelf Break Fleet Profile" - Handout summary document - Click here 
  • "Shelf Break Study Area & Port Maps - Handouts - Click here

Final Report - click here