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Fisheries Dependent Investigations (FDI) collects and manages data from local commercial fisheries. By working with fishermen, FDI collects important, useful and unbiased data. This data is used to:
FDI conducts sampling on the dock and on commercial fishing boats to collect fisheries data. They conduct sampling using protocols similar to the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Observer Program.
These data support the management of commercial trawl, gillnet, long-line and dredge fisheries.
FDI samples at fish markets and dealers in the state to assist in fish stock assessments. We provide scales and bones to the agency’s Age and Growth Laboratory to determine fish ages. Each year FDI consults with stock assessment biologists to determine where to direct sampling efforts. FDI biologists sample many commercial catches, including:
FDI implements a large-scale portside sampling program with commercial herring and mackerel fishermen. These Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishermen have participated since 2010. This program collects high quality, cost-effective data for use in research and management. This data informs a bycatch avoidance program aimed at reducing catch of river herring at-sea. DMF, UMass-Dartmouth SMAST, and fishermen collaborate on this program. The Atlantic Herring Research Set-Aside (RSA) funds the program. The RSA allows participating fishermen to sell extra catch to generate the funds that sustain the sampling and research.
FDI staff use acoustic tags and monitoring equipment to study fish survival and behaviors. These acoustic tags and hydrophones act like a marine ‘EZ-Pass’ system for migrating fishes. FDI staff use the largest acoustic telemetry arrays on the east coast to study issues such as: