Benthic fauna data has been collected from 1881 to the present by the National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratories at Woods Hole, MA (early years Bureau of Fisheries) and Sandy Hook, NJ (formerly with the Bureau of Sport Fisheries). Little data exists from 1881 to around 1955. After intensive sampling, data became sparse again after 1986. The data includes the work by Wigley and Theroux on the macrofauna of the Northeastern United States. Other major studies include Ocean Pulse, the Northeast Monitoring Program, New York Bight, 12 Mile Dumpsite, Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay surveys. Parameters included in these surveys include depth, sediment type, gear type, number, weight, family, class, genus, species name, and abundance. A total of 21,000 sample sites are included in this data set with 4,000 meters being the maximum depth sampled. Bottom temperature from MBTs and XBTs were measured from the 1960's to the present. These data are recorded on the Oracle database server of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center at Woods Hole. Hydrographic and chemical ancillary data, as well as some biological data can be found at the U.S. Geological Survey at Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
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Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NEFSC Benthic Database
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PEARCE, J.B. and F.W. STEIMLE. 1980. Ongoing environmental assessment, monitoring, and research under the Ocean Pulse Program. p. 108-122 IN: J.K. Adams et al. (eds.). Man and the Sea. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Center for Marine Studies.
REID, R.N., J.B. Pearce and M.C. Ingham (eds.) 1987. NOAA's Northeast Monitoring Program (NEMP). A report on progress of the first five years (1979-1984) and a plan for the future. NOAA Tech. Mem. NMFS-F/NEC-44.
PEARCE, J., THOMAS, J., CARACCIOLO, J., HALSEY, M., and L. ROGERS. 1975. Distribution and abundance of benthic organisms in the New York Bight apex, 2-6 August 1973. MESA Report No. 8. 9 p.
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REID, R., J. O'REILLY and V.S. ZDANOWICZ. 1982. Contaminants in New York Bight and Long Island Sound sediments and demersal species, and contaminant effects on benthos, summer 1980. NOAA Tech. Mem. NMFS-F/NEC-16
STEIMLE, F., J. CARACCIOLO-WARD, S. FROMM and R. McGrath. 1989. The 1973-74 benthic macrofaunal and sediment survey of Raritan Bay: data report. Northeast Fisheries Center Reference Document 89-07.
Hathaway, John C., ed., Datafile continental margin program Atlantic Coast of the United States, Vol. 2, samples collection and analytical data, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, REF# 71-15, USGS, Woods Hole, MA, 1971.
Wigley, Roland L., and Roger B. Thoreux, Atlantic Continental Slope and Shelf of the U.S.--Macrobenthic Invertebrate Fauna of the Mid Atlantic Bight Region -- Faunal composition and quantitative distribution, USGS Professional Paper 529-N, 1981.
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