Each spring and fall, MarineFisheries conducts trawl surveys throughout Massachusetts coastal waters. These surveys have been conducted each May and September since 1978, and are used to determine the condition of fish stocks, evaluate how construction activities affect fishing and the environment, and how best to manage fisheries and protect fishery resources. Check back here to see where the trawl survey has been completed.

The next trawl survey will begin September 8, 2015. To better assist fixed-gear fishermen of the Commonwealth, this page will be updated daily during the Spring Trawl. Updates will include where the survey occurred that day. Updates will also be posted on Twitter through our handle, @MassDMF and on our Facebook page.


Fall Trawl Survey 2015 Update

The next fall trawl survey will begin on September 8, 2015. Please check back here for updated maps, or check our Twitter and Facebook pages, #trawlsurvey.


Fall 2015 Trawl Survey Locations Massachusetts Bay to New Hampshire

Fall 2015 Trawl Survey Locations Cape Cod Bay to east of Cape Cod

Fall 2015 Trawl Survey Locations south of Cape Cod