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Maine-NH Spring Trawl Survey Underway

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Photo courtesy of the DMR

The Spring ME-NH trawl survey conducted by the State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources began on April 29 in New Hampshire and is working east to Lubec. The vessel is a white fiberglass Northeast 54’, the F/V Robert Michael of Portland, captained by Rob Tetrault

The more information DMR has regarding our fisheries, the better equipped we are to sustain these resources and your livelihood. The ME-NH trawl survey provides valuable information for the management of important commercially harvested species. Gear in the path of scheduled tows can cause delays or cancellation and could jeopardize the use of the data for state and federal lobster and finfish management. To support this important research effort, we are asking you to move any gear that is set within the area of the tows. Please make sure that all gear is removed from an area 1/8th mile on either side of each 1 nautical mile towline on the 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 http://www.maine.gov/dmr/science-research/projects/trawlsurvey/sp19/index.html. You can also view an interactive chart of the tow routes there also.. For more detailed charts, please call Rebecca Peters at the office 207-633-9530, or by cell 207-557-5276, or email Rebecca.J.Peters@maine.gov

Tow schedule and updates are available via boat contacts: F/V Robert Michael monitors Channels 16 and 13; Boat cell phone 557-5276 (Chief Scientist, Rebecca Peters).

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