Project

Fisheries Technical Assistance Program

Helping local fisheries and fishing communities adapt to changes

GMRI’s Fisheries Technical Assistance Program provides a range of technical, convening, and innovation services to New England’s commercial fishing industry to promote the long-term prosperity of local fisheries and fishing communities.

FTAP Projects

The Fisheries Technical Assistance Program provides local fisheries and fishing communities with a wide range of services and resources to build adaptive capacity, sustainability, and resiliency in the face of climate change. Explore our individual FTAP projects in more detail below.

  • Electronic Monitoring (EM)

    Electronic Monitoring (EM)

    In an attempt to reduce the expense of at-sea monitoring, we are working with managers and fishermen to develop cost-effective alternatives. Electronic monitoring (EM) offers …

  • Groundfish Stakeholder Engagement

    Groundfish Stakeholder Engagement

    The Fisheries Technical Assistance Program supports adaptive fishing communities in the Gulf of Maine by engaging marine stakeholders to share knowledge, learn, and make decisions …

As the Gulf of Maine rapidly changes, communities that depend on its resources must learn to adapt. Alongside the challenges that inevitably accompany changes, new fisheries, industries, and climate-based opportunities are also emerging. We work to enhance the capacity for fishing communities in the Gulf of Maine to adapt to changes and take advantage of these emerging opportunities by engaging marine stakeholders to share knowledge, learn from one another, and make decisions that nurture ecologic and economic resilience.

In an era of rapid technological advancement, we empower the commercial fishing community by integrating cutting edge technology into fisheries data collection and by developing data-based solutions for issues at the frontiers of traditional fishing industries. We also partner with fishermen and industry stakeholders to collaboratively foster innovations that sustain coastal livelihoods, invigorate working waterfronts, catalyze new fishing strategies, and perpetuate access to critical New England fish stocks.

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  • Gulf of Maine, Explained: Electronic Monitoring

    Gulf of Maine, Explained: Electronic Monitoring

    In this video, Technical Programs Manager Mark Hager introduces and explains electronic monitoring — a system of cameras and computers mounted onboard fishing vessels. This …

    Gulf of Maine, Explained

  • Electronic Monitoring Expansion

    Electronic Monitoring Expansion

    To comply with federal regulations, fishermen in the Gulf of Maine are monitored by fisheries observers — people who ride along with fishermen to collect …

    Perspectives

  • Supporting Regional Fisheries

    Supporting Regional Fisheries

    Our Fisheries Technical Assistance Program (FTAP) provides a range of technical, convening and innovation services to New England’s commercial fishing industry to promote the long-term …

    Perspectives

  • Exploring Electronic Monitoring for New England Groundfish Fishery

    Exploring Electronic Monitoring for New England Groundfish Fishery

    One of the most pressing challenges for New England’s groundfish fleet is the issue of at-sea monitoring. Federal regulations require onboard human observers to verify …

    Announcements