Survey Fact Sheet 061-01
Online Version 1.0
Habitat Geology Studies on and near Georges Bank, off New England
By Page C. Valentine
Marine habitat geology is the study of the distribution of geologic materials that form the seabed, the geologic processes (such as sediment movement and deposition) that affect the seabed, and the interplay of geologic factors and species behavior that gives rise to biological habitats in general and to specific habitats deemed essential to the success of a particular species (essential fish habitats, EFH's).
Georges Bank was once the premier East Coast fishing ground for groundfish and scallops. The decline of groundfish species due to overfishing contributed to the increasingly restrictive management of fish stocks and a need to identify and protect EFH's.
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