Join the Cooperative Research Study Fleet
In March 2023 we will be accepting quotes for our public solicitation for vessel support for the Cooperative Research Study Fleet Program.
Applications are now open: Apply by March 17, 2023
Where Do Vessel Owners Apply — SAM.GOV
What Is the Study Fleet?
The Study Fleet, composed of approximately 50 fishing vessels in the Northeast, began in 2006 as a way to engage fishermen in collecting high-resolution catch, effort, and environmental data to address science and management needs. The Study Fleet captains and crews use specialized software, automated oceanographic sensors, and real-time data transmission to collect detailed data on every commercial fishing tow. They receive training and compensation for participating.
Who Are We Looking For?
We are recruiting new Study Fleet vessels that participate in the longfin squid, shortfin squid, mackerel, butterfish, scup, black sea bass, monkfish, summer flounder, whiting, haddock, and tilefish fisheries.
These fisheries have been identified as our priority for the collection of long-term, tow-by-tow data using our Fisheries Logbook Data Recording Software, automated oceanographic sensors, and real-time data transmission. We will award contracts in the spring of 2023.
How Are Study Fleet Data Used?
Study Fleet data have been used for many purposes, including:
- Estimating fishery footprints
- Developing catch-per-unit-effort indices for stock assessments
- Understanding the potential impact of offshore wind on fishing operations
- Developing thermal niche models
- Informing oceanographic models
The fine-scale Study Fleet data help managers make informed decisions about the fisheries we care about.
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