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The GEARNET Story

“So much of our work is enabled by FloScan systems and software. Fuel consumption integrates into almost every aspect of commercial fishing from the manner in which a vessel is run to testing new technologies that have the potential to provide benefits for our fishermen. FloScan has made it possible to tease out the data needed to identify those that work from those that don’t.”
—Erik Chapman
New Hampshire SeaGrant

Funded through grants from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) Cooperative Research Program, GEARNET (The Northeast Groundfish Gear Conservation Engineering & Demonstration Network–www.gearnet.org) was formed in 2011 to address the need for an integrated, network approach to commercial fishing gear conservation engineering, and fisheries research in general, for the Northeast region. Steve Eayrs of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute collaborated with Mike Pol at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, U MASS at Dartmouth, Erik Chapman at New Hampshire SeaGrant, representatives from Superior Trawl (a net manufacturer) and a number of commercial fishermen to form the technical committee of GEARNET, which at any given time can have upwards of 30 projects underway. The experiments touch on net selectivity and by-catch reduction, net modification to reduce fuel consumption and seabed impact, and projects aimed at reducing operational overhead.

GEARNET’s state mission is to help Northeast commercial groundfish fishermen develop and adopt fishing equipment that:

  • Improves efficiency and selectivity.
  • Reduces environmental and habitat impacts.
  • Helps secure a sustainable, profitable groundfish resource and industry for future years.

It was the last caveat—“helps secure a sustainable, profitable groundfish resource and industry for the future”—that brought FloScan to the group’s attention.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (www.gmri.org) is a non-governmental organization located on the waterfront in historic Portland, Maine that houses scientists and researchers involved in a wide range of outreach projects. On the second floor Steve Eayrs is hard at work on GEARNET projects to assist New England’s struggling commercial fishing fleet through complex regulatory changes and challenging economic times.

“A couple years before GEARNET was formally established I was working with two trawler captains on gear modifications,” said Eayrs. “One captain was experimenting with fine diameter twine in his nets to see if it significantly reduced fuel consumption when towing, the other was experimenting with using semi-pelagic doors to replace bottom tending doors for the same reason. I installed FloScan systems on those boats so we could judge the impact of these gear modifications on actual fuel consumption.”

trawl gear lab at GMRI

The trawl gear lab at GMRI is a clearing house for ideas and the equipment needed to take them to a research level.

 
 
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