Attention Rhode Island Fishermen: The Black Sea Bass Research Fleet is Expanding!

The CFRF is currently soliciting applications from fishermen interested in joining the Black Sea Bass Research Fleet. Priority will be given to applicants that operate year-round and interact with black sea bass during the winter months. Fishermen that operate further south towards the Mid-Atlantic Bight are also encouraged to apply. Monthly Research Fleet responsibilities include sampling 150 black sea bass (size/sex) at sea using the On Deck Data app and collecting 50 black sea bass for diet and age/growth analysis at RI DEM

To apply, fill out an application (available HERE) and submit it to CFRF either via email, fax, or mail. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 16, 2018.

The CFRF and RI DEM launched the Black Sea Bass Research Fleet in December 2016. The Black Sea Bass Research Fleet currently employs nine Rhode Island commercial and recreational fishermen, from a variety of gear types, to collect biological and fishery data on black sea bass throughout the year. Fishermen collect data during routine fishing practices using the On Deck Data app. Data includes fishing effort metrics and size and sex of individual black sea bass. Ultimately, the data will be used to create catch and discard characterizations of the black sea bass fishery to help reduce uncertainty within the stock assessment. For more information about the project and Research Fleet Member responsibilities CLICK HERE.

If you have questions, please contact Thomas Heimann at theimann@cfrfoundation.org or 401-515-4892.

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Call for Applications: Lobster and Jonah Crab F/Vs

The CFRF is currently seeking two commercial fishing vessels to join the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet to help fill offshore data gaps (areas in red below).  Do you fish in these areas? Do you know someone who does? Apply today!

Responsibilities:

·        F/Vs sample a minimum of 300 lobsters or 60 commercial traps per month.

·        F/Vs sample a minimum of 150 Jonah crabs or 60 commercial traps per month.

·        F/Vs sample lobster and Jonah crab from ventless traps provided by CFRF.

Compensation:

·        The total stipend amount for the tasks listed above = $600 per month.

·        Stipend is broken down in the following manner: $300/month for 3 commercial lobster sampling sessions, and $300/month for 3 commercial Jonah crab sampling sessions

Timeline:

·        The timeline for this project is from July 2018 through June 2020.

For more information about the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet please visit our project website (CLICK HERE).

For more information about participant responsibilities and sampling protocols CLICK HERE.

If you would like to apply to participate in the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet, please fill out the application and submit to CFRF either via email, fax or mail. To download the vessel application, CLICK HERE.

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Interested? Please contact Aubrey Ellertson, Research Associate, CFRF

Email: aellertson@cfrfoundation.org, Phone: (401) 515-4892

Applications are due to the CFRF by Monday, October 15th.

CFRF Releases RI Seafood Materials

The CFRF is pleased to release a series of educational, promotional, and practical materials focusing on Rhode Island Seafood that were developed in collaboration with Brown University. Two videos, infographics, and a RI Seafood Supplier Directory are now available on CFRF's Sustainable Seafood in the Ocean State webpage. Thank you to Nico Page, Stefany Garcia, Meagan Peters, Maya Gros, and Dr. Dawn King for working with us!

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Thursday, August 30th: CFRF Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Session

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Please join the CFRF and its collaborators for a Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Session on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 4-6 PM in the conference room of the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island. The Research Session will include:

  • Discussion of the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet, including reflections from participant fishermen, data summaries, plans for the future, and viewing of the project documentary video.
  • Presentations from collaborators at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries on research surrounding Jonah crab size at sexual maturity and the sustainability of the Jonah crab fishery
  • Presentation from lobster and Jonah crab stock assessment scientist at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, focusing on the use of the Research Fleet’s data in the lobster stock assessment and Jonah crab management plan.
  • Presentation from the University of Rhode Island involving collecting fishermen's knowledge to inform management of Jonah crab in Southern New England
  • And more!

Please RSVP to Aubrey at aellertson@cfrfoundation.org or (401) 515-4892.

Directions to the CFC of RI can be found here: http://www.cfrfoundation.org/contact-us/

For more information please visit our project webpage: http://www.cfrfoundation.org/jonah-crab-lobster-research-fleet/

Can not attend in person? Please attend meeting via conference call: http://global.gotomeeting.com/join/251547325 . You can also dial in using your phone (571) 317-3122. Conference passcode: 251-547-325

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

Join CFRF at the 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society!

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The CFRF staff are excited to be heading down to Atlantic City, NJ for the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting from August 19th-23rd! (https://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 is Stakeholder Engagement Day! Stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research and issues impacting their industries, and discuss collaborative opportunities with scientists and fishery managers.

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation will be hosting and presenting at three symposiums on Tuesday, August 21st that go from 9:00am-5pm. They are the following:

1) American Lobster and Jonah Crabs: Assessing Biological and Fishery Impacts, and Stock Status in a Rapidly Changing Ecosystem (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 3:00pm)

2) Latest Advances in Black Sea Bass Research and Management (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 4:40pm)

3) Bringing in the Experts: Collaborative Research Partnerships with Fishing Industry Stakeholders (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 11:20am)

We are excited to share information about CFRF’s Research Fleets and our project results. We hope to see you there!

You're Invited: Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Session

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Please join the CFRF and its collaborators for a Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Session on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 4-6 PM in the conference room of the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island. The Research Session will include:

  • Discussion of the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet, including reflections from participant fishermen, data summaries, plans for the future, and viewing of the project documentary video.
  • The CFRF Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet was developed in 2013 and has involved over 20 F/Vs in collecting biological and environmental data using digital calipers and specialized tablet apps. To date, the Research Fleet has sampled over 112,000 lobsters and 54,000 Jonah crabs. This June marked 5 years of data collection!
  • Presentations from collaborators at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries on research surrounding Jonah crab size at sexual maturity and the sustainability of the Jonah crab fishery
  • Presentations from lobster and Jonah crab stock assessment scientists at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, focusing on the use of the Research Fleet’s data in the lobster stock assessment and Jonah crab management plan.
  • And more!

Please RSVP to Aubrey at aellertson@cfrfoundation.org or (401) 515-4892.

Directions to the CFC of RI can be found here: http://www.cfrfoundation.org/contact-us/

For more information please visit our project webpage: http://www.cfrfoundation.org/jonah-crab-lobster-research-fleet/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

Invitation to Stakeholder Engagement Day, American Fisheries Society (AFS) 2018 Annual Meeting

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Dear Fishing Industry,

We're excited to announce Stakeholder Engagement Day on Tuesday, August 21 as a part of this year's annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Atlantic City, NJ (full meeting runs from August 19-23):  

Meeting website:  https://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/

Stakeholder Engagement Day is intended to increase the participation of industry stakeholders at the annual meeting to provide the opportunity to learn about the science and management impacting their industries, to stimulate collaborative industry-scientist partnerships, and provide greater opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to events at the meeting.

The schedule has been set so that many topics of greatest interest to industry stakeholders will occur on Stakeholder Engagement Day. There will be numerous presentations and discussion panels on topics related to collaborative research, fisheries management, offshore energy development, stakeholder engagement, resource surveys, electronic monitoring, summer flounder, black sea bass, sturgeon, lobster, Jonah crab, and much more!

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation will be hosting and presenting at three symposiums on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 that go from 9:00am-5pm. They are the following:

-American Lobster and Jonah Crabs: Assessing Biological and Fishery Impacts, and Stock Status in a Rapidly Changing Ecosystem (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 3:00pm)

-Latest Advances in Black Sea Bass Research and Management (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 4:40pm)

-Bringing in the Experts: Collaborative Research Partnerships with Fishing Industry Stakeholders (Full day symposium. CFRF presentation at 11:20am)

We are excited to share information about CFRF’s Research Fleets and our project results!

Full schedule for the meeting:  https://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/preliminary-schedule/

List of symposium sessions by day:   https://afs.confex.com/afs/2018/meetingapp.cgi/Program/1086

A reduced daily registration rate of $50 per person (full price is normally $330) is available for qualifying industry stakeholders who wish to attend on Stakeholder Engagement Day on Tuesday, August 21. Please complete the short application at the link below by August 15 to apply for reduced registration. But, be sure to apply early to guarantee a ticket to the evening networking event with food and a cash bar at the Bass Pro Shops of Atlantic City from 5:00-7:30 PM! Applicants will be notified within two weeks whether or not their application has been approved, at which time they will be provided with additional information related to the meeting. The target audience for this reduced registration, and part of the criteria considered while reviewing applications, includes people who earn their primary living from fishing or aquaculture related businesses, or representatives of related businesses or associations.

Application for reduced registration:  https://goo.gl/forms/F6uHHN8VmoouIq6I2

If you have any questions, or would like more information, including opportunities to participate in discussion panels, present about your fishery, or potential sources for additional financial assistance to attend, then please contact one of the members of our Program Sub-Committee on Stakeholder Engagement (names and contact info below).

We're looking forward to seeing many of you in Atlantic City in August!

Sincerely,

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

 

Program Sub-Committee on Stakeholder Engagement

Chair – Dr. Douglas Zemeckis (Rutgers University): zemeckis@njaes.rutgers.edu

Dr. Eleanor Bochenek (Rutgers University): eboch@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Bill Duffy (NOAA): william.duffy@noaa.gov

Christopher McGuire (The Nature Conservancy): cmcguire@tnc.org

Dr. Jason Morson (Rutgers University): jmorson@hsrl.rutgers.edu

Kenneth Keene (NOAA): kenneth.keene@noaa.gov

George Maynard (Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance): george@capecodfishermen.org

Dr. Anna Malek Mercer (Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation): amalek@cfrfoundation.org

 

CFRF's Jonah Crab and Lobster Research Fleet Video Released!

The CFRF is proud to release a short film about Jonah crab, an emerging species of importance and value. The Jonah crab fishery has become increasingly important to the Southern New England industry as the lobster resource has declined. As of 2016, Jonah crab was ranked the 8th most valuable fishery in Rhode Island and the 7th most valuable fishery in Massachusetts!

The CFRF staff would like to convey our appreciation to our Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet participants, and scientific partners for their contributions to this video.

To read more about the project and for project updates visit the project web page here.

Southern New England Cooperative Ventless Trap Survey Now Underway!

Phase II of the Southern New England Cooperative Ventless Trap Survey (SNECVTS) is officially underway!  After more than a year of preparation and anticipation, all the SNECVTS traps are now set in the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Area.  This month, teams will go out for the first day of catch sampling and lobster tagging around Cox’s Ledge.  If you find a tagged lobster, you can make some extra cash!  Instructions on how to report tagged lobsters can be found in the information sheet below, and on our website by clicking HERE.

If you’d like to find out more about SNECVTS, visit the project page on the CFRF website: http://www.cfrfoundation.org/snecvts/.

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Unusual Ocean Conditions in Southern New England: Insights from the Pioneer Array and Shelf Research Fleet

On April 18th, Dr. Glen Gawarkiewicz and Dr. Al Plueddemann from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shared a summary of the oceanographic data collected by the CFRF/WHOI Shelf Research Fleet and provided an update on the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Pioneer Array.

The data collected by CFRF's Shelf Research Fleet has been used by oceanographers at WHOI to better understand how the ocean is changing and what that means for the resource species that commercial fishermen harvest. To date, CFRF's Shelf Research Fleet has collected over 442 profiles.

For those of you who were unable to attend the Oceanographic Conditions meeting on April 18th, please check out the attached presentation HERE!

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Image from April 14, 2018 of Shelf conditions south of New England. Shelf is cool and free of Gulf Stream/Warm Core Ring influences.
 

CFRF April 2018 Newsletter Now Available!

If you are interested in learning more about all the current projects CFRF has underway, including recent milestones, and all the happenings within the foundation, either view or download a copy of our April 2018 newsletter.  In it we cover all project progress since our last newsletter, highlight new projects which have recently begun, and list upcoming events and meetings.

View the April 2018 newsletter here.

Download the April 2018 newsletter here.

To view and download all our past newsletters visit this link.

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CFRF Quahog Research Fleet Video Released!

In celebration of a successful Quahog Week here in Rhode Island, the CFRF is proud to release a short film on all the hard work our Quahog Research Fleet partners in the industry, science, and management fields have been up to in support of the quahog fishery. 

The quahog fishery is Narragansett Bay's most valuable fishery and it is through working partnerships, such as those formed in the Quahog Research Fleet, we are able to ensure a healthy and economically viable fishery for years to come. 

To read more about the project and for project updates visit the project web page here.

YOU’RE INVITED! Discussing Unusual Ocean Conditions with WHOI Scientists 4/18 2PM

Unusual Ocean Conditions in Southern New England:  Insights from the Pioneer Array and Shelf Research Fleet

What: Hurricanes, nor’easters, warm core rings, reverse flow, cold water intrusions … the ocean was especially dynamic in 2017 and 2018 and there are many questions about how the fisheries resources off the Southern New England coast have responded. CFRF staff, together with our partners at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), will be hosting an interactive workshop for the fishing industry to learn about the historic and current oceanographic conditions in Southern New England, discuss how fisheries resources are responding, and develop predictions for the summer months to come. Dr. Glen Gawarkiewicz and Dr. Al Plueddemann from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will share a summary of the oceanographic data collected by the CFRF/WHOI Shelf Research Fleet and provide an update on the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Pioneer Array.

The Pioneer Array is operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and includes a network of moorings and autonomous robotic vehicles that are programmed to monitor waters off the continental shelf and slope south of New England. It provides information on the structure of the shelf break front, nutrient exchange between shelf and slope, continental shelf ecosystems, and carbon dioxide flux and ocean acidification. Join us to learn more!

When: Wednesday, April 18th, 2-4pm

Where: The conference room of the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island (#61 B on the East Farm Campus of the University of Rhode Island)

RSVP: to Aubrey Ellertson (aellertson@cfrfoundation.org or 401-515-4892) so we can make sure we have enough seats. Space at the CFC conference room is limited.

Call-in Instructions: United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 .  Access Code: 571-692-085

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/571692085

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

Note: This workshop is intended for members of the fishing community whose contributions are critical to connecting the dots between the environmental conditions across Southern New England and key fisheries resources. We hope that you all will share your observations about the distribution of fish, squid, crustaceans, and shellfish that you have encountered over the past year. Your contributions are critical to this discussion, so we hope you can make it!

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Thank you from CFRF!

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From all of us here at the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, THANK YOU for your generous donations throughout the Annual Giving Campaign and ongoing support of our mission. We can’t do what we do without the partnership and dedication of members of the fishing industry, science community, and food system. YOU make our work truly impactful. The CFRF has some exciting new initiatives on the horizon and we can’t wait to share them with all of you!

Sincerely, 
The CFRF Team
Anna, Terry, Thomas, Aubrey, Mike, Fred, David, Jeff, Mark, John, Jon, Donald, Jim, and Chris

Maine Fishermen's Forum: March 1-3rd, Rockport, Maine

We are excited to be traveling to Maine for the Maine Fishermen's Forum (March 1-3rd)!

CFRF will be hosting a seminar on Saturday, March 3rd @ 9am. We hope many industry members will be in attendance! If you can not make it for our seminar, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi.

Title of seminar: Embracing Ecosystem Change: Can Jonah Crab, Black Sea Bass and Fishing Communities Get Along?

Description:
The ocean is an interconnected ecosystem and things are changing fast. More southern species are appearing off the coast of New England, new species and markets are emerging, and the fishing community must adapt. This seminar will explore how recent changes in Southern New England may be applicable to the Gulf of Maine and what fishermen can do to maximize resiliency. The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) and a panel of fishermen will present recent research on species of emerging importance (Jonah crab and black sea bass), and hear from fishermen in Southern New England about how they have adapted their businesses to changes in species availability, market opportunities, and fisheries management. There will be ample opportunity for discussion and input from the audience.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Contribute to the CFRF's 2017 Giving Campaign!

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation is the only fishing industry led research organization in New England … and we need your help to keep it going! Today is #GivingTuesday and the CFRF is kicking off its 2017 Giving Campaign. Please consider donating today (or any day!) to help the CFRF continue its efforts to involve fishermen in scientific research, increase access to and appreciation of the seafood harvested by the region's hard working fishermen, and develop new initiatives that sustain healthy fisheries and vibrant fishing communities across New England. The CFRF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

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Since the CFRF’s inception in 2003, we have worked with over 135 fishermen as well as hundreds of fisheries scientists, managers, and culinary professionals to achieve our mission of supporting sustainable fisheries resources and resilient fishing communities. The CFRF’s work has covered a wide range of topics, including conservation gear engineering, bycatch reduction, lobster settlement and recruitment, spiny dogfish stock dynamics, discard mortality estimation, fish habitat characterization, shellfish larval dynamics, industry based biological data collection, underutilized species processing and marketing, socio-economic characterizations of fishing communities, supplemental fisheries surveys, offshore wind energy research, and seafood access and sustainability initiatives. All of the CFRF’s projects are carried out by teams of scientists, educators, chefs, and members of the fishing industry that work together to develop the project idea, execute work components, and apply results. The CFRF’s efforts have resulted in new tools to reduce bycatch, better data for stock assessments, and a growing sense of trust and cooperation among fisheries stakeholders. 

A major goal of the CFRF is to provide members of the fishing industry with the opportunity to help evolve and improve the management of fisheries resources and the efficiency of seafood supply chains. To do so, the CFRF has distributed over $1.5 million of compensation directly to fishermen for their participation, platforms, and invaluable input in CFRF projects. Conducting research and education that benefits that fishing industry is at the heart of CFRF’s mission, and we are very proud of our accomplishments to date.

In an effort to continue and expand our work, the CFRF is requesting your support during this giving season. Donations of all sizes help the CFRF to achieve its goal of building a community of collaboration among fishermen, scientists, resource managers, chefs, and educators that promotes sound science, public engagement, and sustainable seafood. You can donate to CFRF online, via mail, or in person.

Thank you!

CFRF November 2017 Newsletter Now Available!

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If you are interested in learning more about all the current projects CFRF has underway, including recent milestones, and all the happenings within the foundation, either view or download a copy of our November 2017 newsletter.  In it we cover all project progress since our last newsletter, highlight new projects which have recently begun, and list upcoming events and meetings.

View the November 2017 newsletter here.

Download the November 2017 newsletter here.

To view and download all our past newsletters visit this link.

You're Invited: RI Fishing Industry Economic Impact Study Info Session

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Who: All RI Fishing Business Owners (F/Vs, processors, distributors, gear shops, seafood dealers, marine insurance, safety training... everyone!)

What: Learn how you can help URI and CFRF prove the economic value of Rhode Island's fishing industry! Dr. Tom Sproul from URI will explain the value and outcomes of his previous economic analysis work for the RI agriculture industry, and will answer any and all questions that you have about the survey and project. CFRF and URI staff will also be available to help individuals complete the 5 minute survey, available here: www.riepr.org/s/fisheries

When: Tuesday, November 14th, 5-7pm

Where: Meeting Room above Superior Trawl in Point Judith (55 State Street, Narragansett, RI)

RSVP: To admin@cfrfoundation.org or (401) 515-4890

For more information about this project or to view Dr. Tom Sproul's video greeting, please visit www.cfrfoundation.org/economic-impact-of-fisheries-in-rhode-island/ .

We hope to see you there! 

CFRF

 

You're Invited: Oceanographic Anomalies in Southern New England

What: An interactive workshop for the fishing industry to learn about the historic and current oceanographic conditions in Southern New England, discuss how fisheries species are responding, and develop predictions for the months to come. Dr. Glen Gawarkiewicz from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Dr. Anna Mercer from the CFRF will present new oceanographic research and will facilitate a discussion with the fishing industry about patterns in ocean conditions, species distributions and abundances, and catch characteristics. 

When: Thursday, November 2nd, 5-7pm

Where: Meeting Room above Superior Trawl in Point Judith (55 State Street, Narragansett, RI)

RSVP: To Aubrey Ellertson (aellertson@cfrfoundation.org or 401-515-4892)

This workshop is intended for members of the fishing community whose contributions are critical to connecting the dots between the environmental conditions across Southern New England and key fisheries resources. 

We hope to see you there!

- CFRF

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