Florida Lobster Fishery Research Converted to Public Information – 2013

The objective of this project is to convert data from a 10 year research program that examined the environmental impacts of lost traps from the lobster fishery in South Florida by converting research data into public knowledge that is comprehensible and provides opportunities to reduce debris.

Project Abstract

This project converts 10 years of research data into publicly available and useful information that creates understanding and opportunities for the public and fishing industry to reduce marine debris. Project leads are taking the critical final step to completing a 10 year research program that examined the environmental impact of lost traps from the lobster fishery in South Florida by converting their research data into public knowledge that is comprehensible and provides opportunities to reduce debris.

This project targets its education campaign to collaborate with existing public outreach networks including the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Florida Sea Grant, and University research programs that are active in the Florida Keys. The project develops educational content related to fishing gear debris for both on-the-ground, in person activities as well as digital media content. Project leads are creating public opportunities to affect change through development of important prevention messages related to ghost fishing, damage to sessile epifauna (including protected corals), and entanglement of protected species.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Project

8/1/2013 to 7/31/2015

Status: Open

Location: [Southeast], [Florida]

Latitude/Longitude: 24.712439, -81.097107