NOAA these days is moving towards new ways to manage it's resources, I've got a big term it's Ecosystem Based Management or Ecosystem Approaches to Management and to accomplish that instead of trying to manage a fish stock for example of just by counting and determining how many cod you might have, you now need to look at all aspects of the ecosystem in which that cod population lives. That means the circulation of the water and the way the climate is affecting that and the food and so forth and one would manage that resource on a much different level. But to accomplish that you need knowledge and expertise and facilities that go beyond what NOAA itself has.
CINAR as a cooperative institute is a link between the academic community and NOAA. What cooperative institutes do are provide NOAA line offices access to research and infrastructures or facilities that they don't have otherwise. This is a NOAA cooperative institute that has 5 partners: Woods Hole Oceanographic, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, University of Maine, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies. The goals of CINAR and GMRI are very closely aligned. And our themes that summarize our institute can be summarized as climate and ecosystems and especially in the Northeast region that stretches from Cape Hatteras up to the Canadian border at the Bay of Fundy. Within that large region though the Gulf of Maine is a major resource, a major focus of our activity and NOAA's interest. Among our goals is to look at ecosystem management, ecosystem monitoring and so forth and fisheries are a huge part of that.
GMRI is a critical element in terms of our partner to be able to provide us not only with the knowledge and expertise about fisheries in the region but the direct connection to the fishermen themselves and the fishing communities. That's truly a unique aspect of GMRI.