National Marine Fisheries Services offices in Woods Hole
Top fisheries scientists call Woods Hole offices home away from home. Mark Alan Lovewell
  • National Marine Fisheries Services offices in Woods Hole
  • National Marine Fisheries Services offices in Woods Hole
  • Shoreside fsheries office parking lot includes boats.
  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium
  • An old historic cottage is used as part of the science center.
  • Scientists work in a converted cottage..
  • Need for office space has overflowed into the hall.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries began in Woods Hole in 1871. The organization was the precursor to NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, and its northeast fisheries center is still located in Woods Hole. Today, with an aging infrastructure and space limited, the organization is conducting a feasibility study looking at whether to rebuild in Woods Hole or relocate elsewhere in Barnstable County.

Here is a look at the Northeast Fisheries Center in Woods Hole, which houses research laboratories and provides overall management and direction for the organization's five laboratories in the northeast.

Woods Hole is also home to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium run by NOAA. About 140 marine species can be found at the facility, which is also the country's oldest marine aquarium.

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