|Richards, Anne||Northeast Fisheries Science Center - Woods Hole (NOAA NEFSC)||Principal Investigator|
|Our, John||Northeast Consortium (NEC)||Captain|
|Copley, Nancy||Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI BCO-DMO)||BCO-DMO Data Manager|
"Development of Tagging Methods for Monkfish, Lophius americanus"
|Jonathan Grabowski, Collaborating Scientist||Gulf of Maine Research Institute|
|Larry Alade, Collaborating Scientist||NOAA Fisheries|
|Anne Richards, Principal Investigator||Northeast Fisheries Science Center|
|John Our, Industry Partner||F/V Miss Fitz|
|Graham Sherwood, Collaborating Scientist||Gulf of Maine Research Institute|
A controlled experiment to test effects of tagging on survival of monkfish and to investigate tag retention. Thirty-four monkfish ranging in size from 40-78 cm were captured in gillnets on Dec. 11-15, 2006, and transported to the lab as described above except that time from capture to release in the lab was reduced to a maximum of 12 hr and Amquell was used in the on-board tank and transport coolers. The transport coolers were also dosed with Slime Coat at the recommended concentration. The fish were held for up to six weeks in two tanks (2600 gallon) supplied with ambient (5- 8 oC) running seawater. Eighteen monkfish were tagged 4-10 days after their arrival in the laboratory, the remaining 16 fish were left untagged to serve as controls. Nine tagged fish and 8 control fish were placed in each tank. We attempted to match controls and tagged fish for size and condition. We offered food (squid or capelin) daily; however, the food was rarely taken. The experiment was terminated 40 days after the final batch of monkfish was tagged. Remaining monkfish were euthanized, released or held for longer term observation. Survival curves of tagged and control fish were compared using Proc Lifetest (SAS System, Allison 1995)
Related dataset: monk_tag_surgery
|days_survive||number of days the fish survived after tag insertion surgery.||days|
F/V Miss Fitz
The Northeast Consortium encourages and funds cooperative research and monitoring projects in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank that have effective, equal partnerships among fishermen, scientists, educators, and marine resource managers.
Priority areas for Northeast Consortium funding include selective fishing-gear research and development. The development of selective fishing gears that enhance gear selectivity, target healthy stocks, reduce bycatch and discard, reduce or eliminate technical barriers to trade, minimize harvest losses, and improve fishing practices. Studies of new and developing fishing gears and technologies aimed at reducing environmental impact is funded under Project Development.
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The Northeast Consortium administers nearly $5M annually from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for cooperative research on a broad range of topics including gear selectivity, fish habitat, stock assessments, and socioeconomics. The funding is appropriated to the National Marine Fisheries Service and administered by the University of New Hampshire on behalf of the Northeast Consortium. Funds are distributed through an annual open competition, which is announced via a Request for Proposals (RFP). All projects must involve partnership between commercial fishermen and scientists.
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