Impacts of Ghost Fishing to the American Lobster Fishery in Massachusetts – 2009

Assess mortality of lobsters and other marine species due to ‘ghost fishing’ and document resource impacts.


Project Abstract

This project aimed to quantify the biological and economic costs of derelict lobster traps in Massachusetts waters. Major goals will include determining lobster mortality rates in ghost-fishing traps, determining degradation rates of ghost-fishing lobster traps (especially of the escape panels), and assessing the magnitude of gear loss in Massachusetts. Survey locations include the Gulf of Maine and southern New England, which incorporate two distinct lobster stocks. Divers will be used to assess in-situ lobster trap condition and fishing potential on a bi-weekly basis during the fishing season. Massachusetts lobstermen will be surveyed to determine amount and location of gear loss from commercial fishermen.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Project

4/1/2010 to 12/31/2011

Status: Open

Location: Northeast, [Massachusetts]

Latitude/Longitude: 41.495741, -70.821514