The 2019 fall trawl survey began on September 3rd.
Fixed Gear Fishermen of Massachusetts, the Division of Marine Fisheries will be conducting its annual spring trawl survey throughout state coastal waters. Surveys have been conducted each May and September since 1978 to provide a consistent sampling of benthic fishes and mobile invertebrates. Survey data is used to monitor the condition of fish stocks, as well as to inform the environmental review process that minimizes construction impacts on fisheries resources. Maintaining access to the planned sampling sites is critical to the integrity of the survey. Please review the table of station locations and the accompanying figures which plot the sample sites as well as the problematic sites (highlighted in yellow) that need your assistance to ensure a clean tow is made HERE!
Station location information can also be accessed on the DMF website HERE.