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     MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES

   

2004 ROV Modified Ground Line Project  

 

Project Outline

  •       Fishermen have been selected from “problematic areas”, i.e. fishermen who fish in DAM action areas and fishermen from mid-coast and Down East Maine who have stated they can not fish without floating ground lines.

  •       Project fishermen and DMR/NMFS have met to collaboratively determine specific low-profile groundline modifications that have the potential to sink and/or have a reduced line profile. 

  •       Project fishermen will replicate these selected modifications and maintain logbooks. 

  •       Gear deployment is March 2004.

  •       Modified gear will be fished throughout the early spring of 2004.

  •       ROV filming of gear will be performed in the late spring of 2004.

  •       Collected data will be disseminated to fishing communities, fishery management and science center staff through local fishing community involvement, presentation at fishery association meetings, and published news articles in local trade papers.

Project Specifications

Western Maine

  •       3 trawl fishermen were selected from western Maine who have been affected by DAM actions and are fishermen held in high regard by other area fishermen.

  •       Funding covers purchase of modified ground lines and a stipend for rigging, vessel work and data collection.

Mid-coast Maine

  •       4 pair/triple fishermen were selected from mid-coast Maine who fish exclusively with poly-float ground lines and are held in high regard by other area fishermen.

  •       Funding covers purchase of modified ground lines, 10 traps per fishermen and a stipend for rigging, vessel work and data collection.

Eastern Maine

  •       3 pair fishermen were selected from eastern Maine who fish exclusively with poly-float ground lines and are held in high regard by other local fishermen.

  •       Funding covers purchase of modified ground lines, 10 traps per fishermen and a stipend for rigging, vessel work and data collection.

ROV Work

  •       ROV documentation will include two separate days of filming in each geographic location. Modified gear will be filmed both before and after soak time.

  •       ROV will be deployed from industry vessel platforms in each area.

Funding

  •       Funding for this project has been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Department and is administered by Maine DMR.

 

 
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