Projects

Keeping Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Free of Marine Debris One Pailful at a Time

The Lobster Foundation of Massachusetts (Foundation), Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (Sanctuary)and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation have partnered together to educate and inform the recreational mariner and the public on the importance of keeping Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the ocean free of marine debris one pailful at a time.  Kickoff event June 22, 2019 More event details here.

Whale Safer 1,700 lb Red Rope Project 2019

The Lobster Foundation of Massachusetts received a financial boost with a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. This funding will enable Lobster Foundation of Massachusetts to develop a Whale Safer 1,700 lb Red rope project to deploy a whale safer 1,700 lb red rope to reduce the Serious Injury and Mortality to the North Atlantic Right Whale.  Read full press release here. 

Buoyless Pilot Testing in Cape Cod Bay 2018

The Massachusetts Lobster Foundation in conjunction with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association embarked on a small buoyless fishing pilot test project in Cape Cod Bay in the summer of 2018.   More information can be found HERE                                                    Cape Cod Times article. 

Reducing Marine Debris By Responsible Lobstering Techniques for Recreational Fishermen

Watch the MA Division of Marine Fisheries, Woods Hole Sea Grant, National Fish and Wildlife and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association video series on how to recreational lobster gear from becoming marine debris.

  1. Preventing lobster gear from becoming marine debris
  2. Getting your recreational lobster permit 
  3. Getting your recreational lobster gear
  4. Getting your lobster pots in the water
  5. Checking you lobster pots 
Marine Debris Removal (ongoing)

The Lobster Foundation of Massachusetts, National Fish & Wildlife and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association continue to remove marine debris one dumpster at a time. Fishing for Energy Marks 10 years, 4 Million Pounds of Marine Debris Converted to Energy.  

Comparison of the Vented and Ventless Trap Catches of American Lobster with Scuba Transect Surveys

(UMASS Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)

eMOLT Project

NOAA – Northeast Fisheries Science Center – The eMOLT project is a non-profit collaboration of industry, science, and academics devoted to monitoring of the physical environment of the Gulf of Maine and the Southern New England shelf.  In a series of phases funded by the Northeast Consortium beginning in 2001,  we developed low-cost strategies to measure  bottom temperature, salinity, and current velocity with the help of nearly 100 lobstermen dispersed along the entire New England coast.  Read more HERE.

Environmental Monitors of Lobster Traps in Southern New England Waters

(NOAA – Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)  http://www.emolt.org/

Examining Stock Structure of American Lobster in U.S. Territorial Waters

(MA Department of Marine Fisheries and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)

Massachusetts Ventless Lobster Traps Survey (ongoing)

(MA Department of Marine Fisheries and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)

Removal of Lost and/or Abandoned Lobster Gear from Critical Habitat in Cape Cod Bay

(MA Department of Marine Fisheries and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)

Biodegradable Vent Testing

(Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)

Marine Engine Repower Project

(Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)

Implications of Epizootic Shell Disease on the American Lobster Population in Buzzards Bay

(MA Department of Marine Fisheries, URI, and the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association)












Project information pages to follow - if you would like information on any of the following projects, initiatives, and/or partners, please contact the Lobster Foundation of Massachusetts at: [email protected]