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Research Addresses Need for Bottom Trawl Survey Gear Standardization

Fishermen and researchers collaborate on a study that evaluates the use of a restrictor rope on bottom trawl surveys and its impacts on catch.
July 13, 2022 - Feature Story ,
hree people standing on deck of a trawl fishing vessel posing for a picture as they sort catch on a sorting table.

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

Scientific Trawl Gear Performance Better Understood Thanks to Collaborative Research

Fishermen and researchers report on just how well our science center's survey trawl gear captures fish at different depths, especially flat fish like flounders.
October 06, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A very flat fish whose coloring blends into the sandy ocean bottom.

Cold Water, Good for the Sole

Winter flounder have adapted some very interesting life skills that make them unique. We work to protect their habitat to ensure they remain healthy, productive, and continue to thrive.
November 24, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Dark olive green, mottled winter flounder resting on green eelgrass and sandy floor. Winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus). Credit: NOAA Fisheries

2019 Net Spread Study Targets Flatfish, Reveals Subtle Differences

Fishermen and researchers continue collaboration to better understand research survey trawl gear performance
November 07, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Trawl nets, side by side on stern of boat.