Introduction

GMRI's commitment to objective, scientific research has enabled us to become the trusted partner of fishermen, conservation groups, and fishery managers. Our ecosystem-based approach to science guides our research across traditional boundaries, providing an integrated look at sustainability in the bioregion.

We conducted research this year throughout every part of the water column and up into the Gulf of Maine watershed. Our studies of species, habitats, and ecosystem dynamics helped fishery managers make informed decisions. Our examination into the efficacy of gear innovations identified improvements that reduce fuel costs and environmental impacts. This year we also began to tease apart the complex economics of the lobster and groundfish industries to reveal optimal business models and marketing strategies.

Each year, we aim to provide a clearer scientific lens through which all stakeholders can take informed actions regarding the use and stewardship of Gulf of Maine resources.