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butterfish in trawl

Follow the Birds

Birds ride in the wake of F/V Karen Elizabeth as crew members recover a bottom trawl filled with butterfish at the New England continental shelf edge. Working with fishermen from Point Judith, Rhode Island, and Mike Jech, of NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center, WHOI scientists Andone Lavery and Gareth Lawson are testing the utility of new broadband acoustic technologies for fisheries surveys. Originally developed to measure zooplankton concentrations in the water column, these customized systems will give fisheries managers new information about butterfish, squid, and krill populations in the North Atlantic. (Photo by Gareth Lawson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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