Northeast Lobster Gear Survey

These are voluntary surveys about vertical line use in New England and the Gulf of Maine. The information provided by industry participants will generate a baseline of how vertical lines are currently used by region and distance from shore.

This data collection effort has been prompted by discussions around potential regulations to provide additional protection for the North Atlantic right whale.

Your participation is critically important to ensure that any measures proposed to protect right whales are implemented in areas with actual risk and that the measures make sense for how gear is fished in that particular region. Participation should take less than 10 minutes of your time.

PERSONAL OR IDENTIFYING INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND REMOVED PRIOR TO DISTRIBUTION OF SURVEY RESULTS; HOWEVER, WE ASK FOR YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND, IN THE CASE OF MAINE HARVESTERS, YOUR LANDINGS NUMBER, SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU IF NECESSARY TO CONFIRM INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE SURVEY.

Summary information from the survey will be provided to interested groups and state managers to inform conversations that will determine if measures such as weaker (smaller diameter or lower breaking strength) vertical lines might be possible in different areas.

Please note that there will be another gear survey mailed to all license holders by the NOAA Fisheries in December 2018. This survey is not a replacement for that effort.

To complete the survey, please characterize your gear to the best of your ability. If you fish more than one configuration of vertical line that varies significantly, you can complete the survey more than once.

For assistance with any of the surveys, please contact Caitlin Cleaver with FB Environmental at 207-706-9466 or by email at caitlinc@fbenvironmental.com,

To complete the survey, please choose the zone (Maine harvesters) or other areas in which you fish.

Maine - Zone A | Zone B | Zone C | Zone D | Zone E | Zone F | Zone G

New Hampshire

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Connecticut

Offshore Management Area 3 Statistical Areas