NOAA Seeks Vessels for Bottom Trawl Survey

Buildings of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center line the waterfront. Photo Tom Richardson
Buildings of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center line the waterfront. Photo Tom Richardson

Gloucester Times: NOAA Fisheries is looking for a few good boats. The federal fishing regulator’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole seeks one to three commercial fishing boats to participate in the agency’s bottom trawl survey in the waters of the mid-Atlantic and New England regions of the Atlantic Ocean.

The use of the commercial vessels to help supplement—or in some cases, supplant—the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s survey vessel, the FSV Henry B. Bigelow, is one of the first steps in NOAA’s recently announced plan to incorporate more commercial boats in the trawl survey.

Read more about the search for trawlers to participate in NOAA’s bottom trawl survey.