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Improving the Bottom Trawl Survey for the Northeast

Here’s how the Northeast Fisheries Science Center is contributing to the Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel and connecting the panel’s advice to our science mission.

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Survey tow net is hauled up with catch for sorting and processing After each survey tow, the net is retrieved and the catch is emptied into a hopper where a series of conveyors move the catch to the sorting and processing area aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow. There, scientists sort the catch and collect data and biological samples. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jessica Blaylock
An oceanic whitetip shark swims in the middle of the ocean. An oceanic whitetip shark swims near the surface of the water. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
Dozens of white, brown, and pink-colored sea scallops photographed on a black ocean floor. Dense beds of small Atlantic sea scallops photographed on the ocean floor in the Mid-Atlantic in 2015. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.