• Scallop quota RSA projects announced

GLOUCESTER, MA – This month starts a new round of sea scallop fisheries research upon final award of 1.23 million pounds of sea scallop research set-aside (RSA) quota.

NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center awarded RSA quota to 15 projects totaling an estimated $15.6 million for the 2016-2017 fishing years.

No federal funds are used.  Funding comes from the harvest of RSA quota under special exemption permits issued by NOAA Fisheries.

NOAA Fisheries’ National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the science center administer the research program with the New England Fishery Management Council.

Using a two-tier review process, NMFS recommends projects based on technical merit and responsiveness to council research priorities…


  • On-deck electronic data collection helps fill data gaps on offshore lobsters, Jonah crabs

KINGSTON, RI – The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) can continue its multi-year American lobster and Jonah crab sampling program to the end of 2016, thanks to a $399,870 Saltonstall-Kennedy grant.

Now in its third year, the program enlists 14 vessels that sample portions of their harvest in Lobster Conservation Management Areas (LMA) 2 and 3.

To date, the program has sampled 70,810 lobsters and 20,961 Jonah crabs.

The fleet of 14 vessels – 7 offshore and 7 inshore – use digital calipers and android tablets to record size, gender, shell disease, v-notch, egg, shell hardness, and disposition data for lobster as well as size, gender, egg, and disposition data for Jonah crab from the Gulf of Maine to Hudson Canyon.

Back at the dock, fishermen connect via wi-fi to send the data to the CFRF, who manages, compiles, and shares that data with fisheries managers.

Thanks to collaboration with data managers, stock assessment scientists, and fishery managers at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission…


  • MAFMC funding collaborative fishery studies

FAIRFAX, VA – Earlier this month, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) awarded four collaborative research grants that meet the council’s research priorities.

The projects were selected by the Council’s Collaborative Research Committee from a field of 16 proposals competing for $610,000 in a one-time surplus of  council funds, according to Mary Clark, MAFMC spokesperson.

“The committee focused on selecting projects that will address critical gaps in our understanding of the Mid-Atlantic fisheries,” said Clark…



To get the rest of these stories and much more – you’ll need the MAY 2016 issue of Commercial Fisheries News.

Please choose from the following options:  

BUY a Single PRINT edition of CFN that is delivered by MAIL. PRINT EDITION

Quickly enjoy ONLINE access with our Hi-DEF flip-book. PURCHASE ONLINE EDITION  

(Read online flip-book immediately with purchased access key and download a copy for yourself to keep.  Not sure if it works for you? Try a FREE SAMPLE HERE.)