Marine Life

Our research into the diverse species that inhabit the Gulf of Maine is central to much of our work. Understanding their abundance, life cycles, and behaviors drives our ability to inform science-based management plans and design more selective fishing gear.

In June, we launched an extensive survey of the inshore herring population along the Maine coast. This will provide an unprecedented look at the distribution and movement of the herring in Management Area 1A, which the lobster industry relies on as its primary source of bait.

We also conducted numerous observational experiments to investigate the behavior and interactions of Gulf of Maine inhabitants. Underwater video provided us with a better understanding of the environmental preferences of cusk, and a number of tank experiments revealed how shifts in the abundance of predators might affect the behavior of prey.

Body size and growth patterns continue to emerge as important themes in the work we do. This year, we applied cutting-edge research techniques to completely remap the growth curve for monkfish, the Northeast's most valuable finfish.

Ecologist: Graham Sherwood

Graham summarizes his interest in an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management.

A New View of Herring

Partnership with lobstermen helps reveal the volume and distribution of herring along Maine's coastline.

Rethinking Monkfish

Advanced techniques lead scientists to challenge the common understanding of monkfish growth and aging.