Category Archive: Research

GMRI report: Plan for emerging fisheries in the Gulf of Maine

PORTLAND, ME – If fishery population centers keep trending northward due to warming water temperatures, and if quotas continue to be allocated based on historical landings, the summer flounder dilemma could extend to more stocks – Mid-Atlantic states having large quotas with low stock abundance and New England states having high stock abundance with low …

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CFRF: 10 years of fishermen-driven research

Phil Ruhle Jr. of Point Judith, RI aboard his Sea Breeze Too, working on CFRF’s drop chain conservation gear engineering project to reduce flounder bycatch in small-mesh fisheries. (CFRF photo)

KINGSTON, RI – In 2004, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) started out with a handful of fishermen and not a lot of funding.  But it also began with the premise that people in the fishing industry needed to begin doing their own research. Partnering at first with University of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s Laura …

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Scallopers use electronic reporting to collect ‘real-time’ catch data

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EAST FALMOUTH, MA – Fifteen scallop vessels are now using a simple computer software program to collect and transmit “real-time” scallop catch and yellowtail flounder bycatch information back to shore. The information is aggregated daily by a second software program and is automatically transmitted back to participating boats in the form of color-coded maps that …

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Pioneering yellowtail video surveys show promise for more accurate fish counts

Building on more than a decade of experience conducting video surveys for Atlantic sea scallops, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) are now bringing this innovative survey technique to a new frontier.   Since the spring of 2013, with considerable help from industry, the SMAST team has …

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Lobster stock ‘indicators’ provide preview

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Scientists conducting the 2014 “benchmark” stock assessment for American lobsters have given the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) a “preview” of the general condition of the resource based on a set of telltale stock “indicators.” The assessment itself, which involves computer models and a thorough analysis of landings, survey, biological, environmental, …

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CFRF whelk, scallop, lobster projects reveal surprises, climate change effects

SOUTH KINGSTON, RI – Fishermen got some surprising news about channeled whelk and engaged in a lively Q&A over Southern New England lobster nursery survey results during a shellfish research session hosted by the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) on Nov. 7. Biologists from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) also presented findings from …

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