Berman, M. S.. National Marine Fisheries Service, mberman@puffin.gso.uri.edu
Deacutis, C. S.. Dept. of Environmental Management, deacutis@uriacc.uri.edu

 
A COOPERATIVE STUDY OF NARRAGANSETT BAY, RHODE ISLAND,USA
 
A new study of Narragansett Bay focuses on its plankton, fish, and environment. The study is coordinated jointly by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), with components of the research being carried out by URI, USEPA, Roger Williams University, the Narragansett Bay National Estuary Research Reserve, as well as RIDEM and NMFS laboratories in Narragansett and Woods Hole. Ecological assessments include: a network of eight environmental samplers deployed throughout the Bay to measure temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and chlorophyll fluorescence at several depths; monthly transects of the Bay with a towed undulating sampler which records temperature, salinity, depth, chlorophyll, primary production, dissolved oxygen, PAR, the fine scale size-frequency distribution of zooplankton, and collects formalin preserved samples of the zooplankton/phytoplankton; an ADCP study of Bay circulation patterns; and a survey of sediment contamination by heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and benthic amoebae. Enhancements to ongoing Bay fisheries studies include: improved measurements of commercial landings; improved assessment of by-catches and discards; increased age sampling; enhanced data exchange capability between RIDEM and NMFS; retrospective analysis of RI fish trawl survey data; and development of a length-based age model for Bay winter flounder.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 11:30 - 11:45am
Location: Sweeney Center
 
Code: SS08WE1130S