ME-NH Trawl Survey Scheduled to Start September 21st

The Maine-New Hampshire fall trawl survey is scheduled to begin in New Hampshire waters on September 21, working its way east to finish up about October 23 northeast of Cutler.

As in the past, we ask that on the scheduled day of the tow, an area 1/8th mile on either side of the tow line be clear of fixed gear to avoid gear conflict.

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: https://www.maine.gov/dmr/science-research/projects/trawlsurvey/fl20/schedule.html

An interactive chart with location information for tows is available at https://www.maine.gov/dmr/science-research/projects/trawlsurvey/fl20/chart.html

Contact Information: The best source of information is directly from the boat crew. You may hail them on either channel 16 or 13, and then switch to your preferred local working channel.

The crew cell phone is 207-557-5276. Cell phone service can be spotty at times, but messages can be left for the crew to return your call.

For more information, please call Rebecca Peters at the office 207-633-9530, or by cell 207-557-5276, or email Rebecca.J.Peters@maine.gov

About the Survey:

The vessel used in the survey is a white fiberglass Northeast 54', the F/V Robert Michael of Portland, captained by Rob Tetrault.

The survey is designed to provide information that has not been available to NOAA Fisheries Service for stock assessments. Obtaining this information is critical to making rational management decisions. The better information we have about ALL our fisheries resources, the better we can ensure a future for both fishermen and the resource.

More information on the trawl survey is available at https://www.maine.gov/dmr/science-research/projects/trawlsurvey/fl20/index.html