East Area Monitoring and Assessment Program -- South Atlantic (SEAMAP-SA)
Elizabeth Wenner (S.C. Department of Natural Resources)
National Marine Fisheries Service and South Carolina Department of Natural
Resources -- Marine Resources Division
1986 - ongoing
The goals of the project are to monitor the status and trends of coastal species
in the South Atlantic Bight, with emphasis on economically and ecologically
important Atlantic species such as shrimp, king and Spanish mackerel, and other
fish species, and to amass a long-term data base for research and fisheries
management use. Twenty-seven finfish and decapod species are considered to be
priority species. As the only coastal trawl survey that encompasses the entire
Southeast region, this survey aids numerous investigators and students by supplying
data and specimens.
This survey samples
shallow coastal waters from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to Cape Canaveral,
Florida at depths from 15 to 60 feet.
Samples are collected
by towing paired 75 ft. mongoose-type Falcon Trawls for 20 minutes
Water Trawl Survey cruises are conducted each year in Spring (mid-April to
the end of May), Summer (mid-July to mid-August), and Fall (the first of October
PDF (opens in new window) SEAMAP-SA
Shallow Water Trawl Survey, Cruise Report Fall 2002.