This hook-based fishery survey is conducted alongside fishing industry collaborators every fall and spring. Focusing on rocky habitat in the southern Gulf of Maine, the survey informs questions of abundance and distribution of species that live there.
Each spring and fall, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center conducts a bottom trawl survey in federal waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border. Some areas, like the rocky bottom habitats in the Gulf of Maine, require a special approach.
The annual Maine Fishermen's Forum opens Thursday and the NEFSC is there. The forum is a great time and place for meetings and discussions among a variety of people interested in healthy, sustainable fisheries, seafood businesses.