WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Department of Marine Resources, in cooperation with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, is seeking industry participants for the Regional Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process.
The cooperative research project between industry and scientists from Maine to New York seeks data on relative lobster abundance and size distribution. Three of nine legs are open for bid, covering (1) Addison to MDI, (2) Muscongus–Harpswell and (3) Casco Bay. Each leg will have 75–100 small mesh traps rigged as triples randomly located at three depths.
Sampling will take place during June, July and August 2019. Each trap will be baited and hauled twice each month on three night soaks making a total 3 day commitment each month. The lobster catch will be measured by a sea sampler and immediately returned to the ocean.
All traps, line and buoys will be supplied to participating fishermen. Interested parties will need to complete the application to identify vessel specifications, daily rate and preferred sampling leg.
Contact Katherine Thompson at 633-9565 or Katherine.J.Thompson@maine.gov.