Ongoing Research Opportunities:

 

southern new England cooperative ventless trap survey

The CFRF and URI are seeking three commercial lobster F/Vs to participate in the Southern New England Cooperative Ventless Trap Survey (SNECVTS) in the Cox’s Ledge Wind Energy Area from May to November 2017. This project is a continuation of the SNECVTS survey conducted in 2014/2015, and aims to assess the seasonal distribution, movement, and habitat use of the American lobster and Jonah crab in the Cox’s Ledge area.

Each F/V participant will charter 2 biologists for 3 days per month from May - November 2017. All sampling days within a month will be five days apart to achieve a standardized soak time.

Compensation includes $2300 per sampling day (21 days total), $1800 for completion of full sampling season, $1000 for project set up, $1000 for project break down, and reimbursement of additional insurance costs.

The application period for this project has closed, as of April 26, 2017. If you would like to submit an application for future consideration, please send an application to the CFRF either via email, fax, or mail.

Please see application HERE and briefing document HERE for more information about the participant requirements and scope of work. Or visit the project website HERE.

 

Black Sea Bass Research Fleet

The CFRF and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are working together to initiate a Black Sea Bass Research Fleet to collect critically needed biological black sea bass data from the Southern New England and Mid-Atlantic Bight region. The Black Sea Bass Research Fleet will employ representatives of a variety of gear types that encounter black sea bass, including trawlers, lobstermen, gillnetters, and hook and line fishermen. Participant fishermen will use a pre-programmed Android tablet application to efficiently and accurately record information about their fishing gear, location, effort, landings, discards, and catch composition (length/sex of discarded and retained black sea bass). For more information about this project, please visit the Black Sea Bass Research Fleet webpage.

To Apply: The application period for this project has closed, as of September 23, 2016. If you would like to submit an application for future consideration, please send an application to the CFRF either via email, fax, or mail.  To download the application, please CLICK HERE. To download the fishing vessel briefing document, please CLICK HERE.

 

CFRF-WHOI shelf research fleet

The CFRF, in partnership with scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has organized a fishing vessel research fleet to collect temperature and salinity data in six designated areas across the continental shelf off the coast of Rhode Island over the course of two years. This project is an ongoing research fleet and the CFRF welcomes interested vessels to inquire and apply.  For more information about this project, please visit the Shelf Research Fleet webpage.

To Apply: Submit an application to the CFRF either via email, fax, or mail.  To download the application, please  CLICK HERE. To download the fishing vessel briefing document, please  CLICK HERE.

 

Quahog research fleet

The CFRF,  in collaboration with Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, is developing a fishermen-based data collection program that enlists Narragansett Bay shellfishermen to collect quahog data via bullrake sampling throughout the year.  For more information about this project, please visit the Quahog Research Fleet webpage.

To Apply: The application period for this project is closed, as of June 10, 2016. If you would like to submit your information for future consideration, please send an application to CFRF via email, fax, or mail.  To download the vessel application, CLICK HERE.  To view and download the vessel briefing document please visit the Quahog Research Fleet webpage.

 

Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet

The CFRF Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet project focuses on implementing a cost-effective method to collect critically needed biological data for two commercially important species, the American lobster and the Jonah crab. A fleet of lobster and Jonah crab fishing vessels use digital calipers and the On-Deck Data app to collect biological data from their catch in commercial and ventless traps throughout the year. For more information about this project, please visit the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet webpage.

To Apply:  If you would like to submit your F/V's information for consideration, please send an application to CFRF via email, fax, or mail.  To download the vessel application, CLICK HERE.  Sampling protocols are available on the Lobster and Jonah Crab Research Fleet webpage