Intensive Study of the Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have become a major management tool in attempts to rebuild declining fish stocks globally. The Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area was established in 1997 to help rebuild groundfish (e.g. cod, flounders) populations in the New England region. This project is one of several funded by the Northeast Consortium and UNH's CINEMAR that seeks to assess the effects of the closure on fisheries, as well as habitat conditions and social impacts. Andy Rosenberg, Ray Grizzle, Larry Mayer, Larry Ward, and Michael Lesser are the principal investigators.