Analysis Linking Study Fleet Data to Habitat and Statistical Models in the Mid Atlantic Bight

Through coordination between government and academic research institutions we intend
to: (1) develop spatial auto correlative and habitat based models of squid (Loligo pealeii and
Illexillecebrosus) utilizing available Study Fleet data within the Mid-Atlantic Bight, (2) deliver
the software developed to run these models to NOAA Cooperative research with associated
training, and (3) link the Study Fleet dataset into the existing data streams of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observation System (MARACOOS), a regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).