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NOAA and fishermen cooperate on research into monkfish migration
Date:1/27/2010

te, where monkfish spawn, and how ocean currents and tides affect monkfish activity. The study will improve understanding of the age and growth of monkfish and the validity of methods used to estimate a monkfish's age.

Monkfish, also known as goosefish, was not a target of commercial fisheries until the late 1980s, but since the mid-1990s has been the highest valued finish in the northeastern U.S., surpassing traditional groundfish species like cod, haddock and flounders.

The scientists plan to expand the study to include monkfish in the mid-Atlantic region down to Cape Hatteras, considered the southernmost extent of their distribution in the northwest Atlantic.

Funding is being provided by the NOAA-supported Northeast Consortium and by the commercial fishing industry through its research set aside program for monkfish.


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Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Shelley.Dawicki@noaa.gov
508-495-2378
NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center
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