ME-NH Inshore Trawl Survey September 23 - October 25

The Fall ME-NH trawl survey conducted by the State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources is scheduled to begin September 23, 2019 in New Hampshire working east to Lubec. The more information we have regarding our fisheries, the better equipped we are to sustain these resources and the livelihood of fishermen. The ME-NH trawl survey provides valuable information for the management of important 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.

To support this important research effort, we are asking lobster harvesters to move any gear that is set within the area of the tows. We're asking harvesters to make sure that all gear is removed from an area 1/8th mile on either side of each 1 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 online.

For more detailed charts, please call Rebecca Peters at the office 207-633-9530, or by cell 207-557-5276, or email at rebecca.j.peters@maine.gov .

Tow Schedule and Updates are available via several methods.

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

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

More information is available online.