Black sea bass sampled to date


(As of August 22, 2019)

general description:

The CFRF, in partnership with RI DEM, launched a Black Sea Bass Research Fleet in the Southern New England and Mid-Atlantic Bight region. The project employs twelve Rhode Island commercial and recreational fishermen, utilizing a variety of gear types, to collect biological and fishery data on black sea bass throughout the year. Data is collected and transmitted to the CFRF using a specifically designed black sea bass sampling application on Android tablets. Research Fleet participants sample black sea bass within their typical fishing grounds throughout the year for a period of eight months.

project goals:

  1. Collect and communicate critically needed black sea bass data (catch and effort, bycatch, and biological) in a cost effective way using modern electronic technology and fishermen’s time on the water.

  2. Contribute to the improvement of the northern Atlantic black sea bass stock assessment.

  3. Develop a model approach for fishery dependent data collection that involves the commercial and recreational fishing industries.


Participant vessels:

  • F/V Sweet Misery - Newport, RI

  • F/V More Misery - Newport, RI

  • F/V Johnny B - Portsmouth, RI

  • F/V Laura Lynn - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Matrix - Wickford, RI

  • F/V Lucy Rose - Wickford, RI

  • F/V Second Wind - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Excalibur - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Nancy Beth - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Johnny B - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Priority Too - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Lady Clare - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Debbie Sue - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V Harvest Moon - Point Judith, RI

  • F/V X-Terminator - Little Compton, RI

data collection strategies:

Participant fishermen conduct at‐sea black sea bass sampling sessions during three fishing trips per month for seventeen months (December 2016 – June 2019).

For each sampling session, fishermen will record:

  • Gear type

  • Effort deployed (length of trawl or number of traps, nets or hooks fished)

  • Depth

  • Habitat type

  • Total number of black sea bass retained and discarded

  • Length and sex of at least 25 black sea bass

Fishermen use a pre‐programmed tablet app to collect black sea bass data at-sea and wirelessly communicate data to CFRF upon return to port.

apply to join the fleet:

The application period for this project is currently closed. If you would like to submit an application for future consideration please fill out the application and forward either via email, fax or mail to CFRF. To download the vessel application, CLICK HERE.


This project is supported by:

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