NOAA's acoustically quiet fishery research vessel, Henry B. Bigelow which will be working in tandem with a commercial trawlers. Photo/NOAA
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to expand cooperative fishing research in New England, including using a commercial trawler working in tandem with a new government research vessel to see if the trawl catch matches the industry’s, according to an article in the Gloucester Times.
The move to improve assessments comes in response to a so-called cod crisis, prompted by disparate results in two benchmark stock assessments three years apart, the latter done in 2010 and peer reviewed earlier this year.
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Dan Mathers is a freelance writer and publisher of the online New England outdoors site SixStates.net. He is a former associate editor for Offshore magazine, and his work has been published in Cape Cod Life, South Shore Living and Adirondack Life. For more information, visit danmathers.com.