Fisheries Observers in the Northeast: Behind the Numbers
Observers are a crucial piece of the Northeast fisheries management puzzle. On commercial fishing vessels from Maine to North Carolina, they collect data that form the basis of stock assessments. Learn more about the people behind the numbers!
What Does It Take to be a Fisheries Observer in the Northeast?
What does it take to be a Northeast fisheries observer? Find out from current and former observers. Interested? Sign up at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/data/fishery-monitoring-service-providers-northeast-and-mid-atlantic-programs
Size Matters: Examining the Effects of Body Size on Birth Rates in North Atlantic Right Whales
Recent research reveals that smaller female North Atlantic right whales produce fewer calves over their reproductive years. Their body size has been declining in recent decades due to increased entanglements in fishing gear and other factors.
NEFSC Gear Research Series: Better Gear By Design
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Gear Research group works with fishermen to design, test, and modify fishing gear. They've found ways to protect endangered sea turtles and marine mammals while maintaining the target species catch.
NEFSC Gear Research Series: Lose the Rope, Give Whales Hope
Ropeless or on-demand technologies offer a potential solution for whales and other protected species that can become entangled in traditional lobster traps and crab pots. Find out what ropeless is all about from the NEFSC gear research team!
Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting in the Greater Atlantic Region
Starting November 2021, NOAA Fisheries will require electronic vessel trip reporting in the Greater Atlantic region. Learn about the requirements and how to make your reporting easier and more efficient with our Fish Online app.
Feeding fish at the NEFSC Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Preparing food for the animals at the nation’s oldest public marine aquarium is a gooey and fun process, but watching the fish eat may be the best part of all!
Northeast Surveys: The Fisheries We Count On
Each year, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center conducts multiple surveys at sea to understand how fish stocks and the marine ecosystem is changing over time. Go behind the scenes on our bottom trawl, sea scallop, and ecosystems monitoring surveys!
NEFSC Gear Research Series: Going Low to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch
Working with fishermen across the East Coast, Northeast Fisheries Science Center researchers tested a new fishing gear design that reduces the chance of catching sea turtles in gillnets. Luckily they had underwater cameras to see how it works!
Weak Insert: 4-Tuck Splice
This video shows you how to install a 4-tuck splice, one of the approved weak inserts under the 2021 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan modifications.
Weak Insert: Butt Splice
This video shows you how to install a butt splice, one of the approved weak inserts under the 2021 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan modifications.
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