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Cusk on the Cusp: Investigating a Hard-to-Find Fish

How do you learn enough about a species that lives in hard-to-reach pockets of the ocean floor to help it rebuild and sustain its population?
April 11, 2023 - Feature Story ,
 Underwater view of a fish swimming along the rocky ocean floor toward the camera.

Cooperative Research Branch Fall Gulf of Maine Bottom Longline Surveys Completed

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.
January 04, 2022 - Feature Story ,
all fishing gear buoys onboard a vessel are silhouetted against textured sky and colored sunset Highflyers, part of the fishing gear, are stored onboard in between fishing efforts. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Dave McElroy

2021 Spring Gulf of Maine Cooperative Bottom Longline Survey Concludes

Over the course of three weeks in April and May, two vessels sampled 45 stations in the central Gulf of Maine.
July 13, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A close-up of researchers dropping an otolith into the small, paper, bar-coded envelopes used to store them.

Gulf of Maine Longline Surveys Target Species in Rocky Habitats

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.
February 18, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Large halibut being examined by scientist.

NOAA Fisheries’ NEFSC Comes Out Strong for Maine Fishermen’s Forum

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.
February 26, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Meeting photo, Jon Hare (left),  John Manerson (right) during the forum.

Fishing Industry, NEFSC Team Up for Gulf of Maine Longline Study

The Cooperative Gulf of Maine (GOM) Bottom Longline Survey is now underway for the fourth consecutive year.
October 12, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Two crew members pull the GoPro assembly back on board.