Human Use and Impact

GMRI is passionate about stewardship of the Gulf of Maine and success of the industries that depend on it. Our scientists conduct research into economics, operations, and gear improvements that aim to ensure the environment and the seafood industry will be healthy for years to come.

This year, we analyzed new gear options designed to increase the fuel efficiency of fishing operations. The study revealed that improved trawl designs could drastically reduce diesel consumption and seabed impact without loss of commercial catch. We also continued to work with fishermen to identify, prioritize, and design additional studies examining critical gear-related research questions though GEARNET.

Our resource economics team began an in-depth analysis of the groundfish industry's catch share system, so we can search out business models that enhance industry viability and profitability. We also collaborated internationally on a project examining the Eastern Pacific tuna fishery to explore the intricate connections between the environment, tuna, fishermen, market, and resource management.
GMRI continued to invest in making complex marine data sets accessible and useful to stakeholders. During the summer, we expanded this effort to the Great Lakes bioregion by launching a Web application that provides real-time and forecasted currents and water depths for the Saint Lawerence River.

Gear Technologist: Steve Eayrs

Steve discusses the development of sustainable fisheries through innovative gear, fuel conservation, and economic support.

Economist: Jenny Sun

Jenny explains how resource economics help her support the sustainability of both industry and the environment.

Innovative Gear

Fuel-saving equipment proves it can bolster profits for fisherman while minimizing impact on the environment

Improving Eco-Efficiency

GMRI untangles the supply chain to identify opportunities for increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact.