Regional Ventless Trap Program: Seeking Industry Participants

The Department of Marine Resources, in cooperation with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, seeks four industry participants for the Regional Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process. This is an opportunity to participate in a cooperative research project between industry and scientists from Maine through Rhode Island.

Four of nine legs are open for bid, covering (1) Canadian Border – Addison, (2) MDI – Isle au Haut, (3) North Penobscot Bay, (4) Cape Elizabeth – NH Border. Each leg will have 80-100 small mesh traps rigged as triples randomly located at three depths. Sampling will take place during June, July and August 2024. Each trap will be baited and hauled twice each month on three night soaks making a total 3-day commitment each month. The lobster catch will be measured by a sea sampler and immediately returned to the ocean. All traps, line and buoys will be supplied to participating fishermen. Interested parties will need to complete the application to identify vessel specifications, daily rate and preferred sampling leg.

Additional information and application materials can be found here.

All applications must be received via mail, email, texted picture or fax by March 8, 2024. Please send applications to:

Kristyn Kleman
Regional Ventless Trap Program
Maine Department of Marine Resources
P.O. Box 8, 194 McKown Point Rd
West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
Cell: (207) 350-7350