$450k to Collaborative Research Projects in New England
SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - March 24, 2015
The New England Fishery Management Council has awarded $450,000 to the Northeast Consortium (NEC) to conduct collaborative research on New England groundfish stocks. The money comes from the council’s budget and was awarded through a competitive bid process.
Awards have been made to four groups that each involve partnerships among fishermen, scientists, and other stakeholders who have organized to help answer fisheries research questions in the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England areas.
Research projects are:
* Develop real time bycatch avoidance tools to be used by groundfish fleets in the 2015 Georges Bank flatfish fishery. Principal investigators are both from Dartmouth’s School of Marine Science and Technology.
* Determine performance of fishing gear outfitted with a large mesh belly panel to avoid windowpane flounder bycatch in Southern New England’s small mesh fisheries. Research will be done by Cornell University Cooperative Extension Marine Program.
* The use of passive acoustic telemetry...
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