Spring Maine-New Hampshire Inshore Trawl Survey to Begin May 1st

The Spring ME-NH trawl survey conducted by the State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources is scheduled to begin May 1, 2023 in New Hampshire working east to Lubec. The more information we have regarding our fisheries, the better equipped we are to defend these resources and your livelihoods. The ME-NH trawl survey provides valuable information for the management of important commercially harvested species. Failure to complete the proposed tows could jeopardize the use of our data for state and federal lobster and finfish management. To address this, we will be increasing our efforts to move gear within the published tows.

Lobster harvesters can avoid the need for our Marine Patrol to handle gear by clearing an area of gear 1/8th mile on either side of the 1 nautical mile towline for 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 at this link, or and/or by using your smartphone to access the following QR code.

Trawl Survey QR Code

To use the QR code above, open the camera app, focus the camera on the QR code by gently tapping the code, and follow the instructions to complete the action.

For more detailed charts, please call Rebecca Peters on her cell phone at 207-557-5276, or email (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: 207-557-5276 (Chief Scientist, Rebecca Peters)

Web Site: https://www.maine.gov/dmr/science/fisheries-monitoring-assessment/maine-new-hampshire-inshore-trawl-survey