Partnership for Pelagic Ecosystem Monitoring in the Gulf of Maine

Project Description
The "PULSE" ( of the Gulf of Maine is a collaborative
project with local New Hampshire fishermen that seeks to develop a long-term
database for environmental variables in the pelagic ecosystem.

Weekly samples for zooplankton, phytoplankton, hydrography and nutrients are
collected at two different environments: near-shore and off-shore. Such fine
scale resolution as this will reveal interesting patterns through time that
scientists have only had "snap-shots" of in the past. The data collected here
is going to be used in mathematical models that are being refined for the use
of ultimately helping fishery managers predict future fishery limits.

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