Annual trawl survey of commercial fisheries in Gulf of Maine scheduled for late September

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 8:15pm

The Fall Maine – New Hampshire trawl survey conducted by the Maine Department of Marine Resources is scheduled to begin September 23 in New Hampshire and work east to Lubec. 

The trawl survey provides information for the management of commercially harvested species.  Gear in the path of scheduled tows can cause delays or cancellation and could jeopardize the use of quality data for state and federal lobster and finfish management. 

Organizers are asking fishermen to move gear that is set within the area of the tows, to be removed one-eighth mile on either side of each one nautical mile towline on the day of the tow.  

Latitude/Longitude and TD coordinates for tow locations (pair of dots with a line on the chart mark each tow) and schedules can be found at maine.gov/dmr/science-research/projects/trawlsurvey/fl19/index.html.  For more detailed charts, call Rebecca Peters at the office 207-633-9530, or by cell 207-557-5276, or email (Rebecca.J.Peters@maine.gov)   

Boat Contacts:          F/V Robert Michael monitors Channels 16 and 13

                                    Boat cell phone 557-5276 (Chief Scientist, Rebecca Peters)

maine.gov/dmr/science-research/projects/trawlsurvey/index.html