Counting Fish – The full documentary can be seen here!

smast 12 crew shot, not everyone but a fewNew England groundfishermen are in trouble. The annual catch limits are now set so low that many boats remain tied to the dock. But controversy abounds. The fishing industry has expressed no confidence in the NOAA trawl survey that provides the raw data for the stock assessment. But counting fish in the ocean is no easy task. While everyone agrees that more and better data is needed NOAA Fisheries says its resources are already overtaxed. UMass Dartmouth marine scientist Kevin Stokesbury believes he may have found a solution- using cameras to record fish passing through a net that is intentionally left open, allowing them to escape unharmed. For an unvarnished look into the world of commercial fishing and cutting-edge marine research, join the crew of the F/V Justice of New Bedford for this May 2015 research trip to the famed fishing ground of Georges Bank. Watch the full documentary here. 12:51

One Response to Counting Fish – The full documentary can be seen here!

  1. Rocky Novello says:

    Could IT BE, NOAA’S R.V. BIGELOW IS TO BIG AND NOISY TO CATCH FISH WITH ALL ITS ELECTRONICS AND 22 FEET DEPTH ?
    FISH ARE SENSITIVE TO SOUNDS BOUNCING OFF THE BOTTOM OF OCEAN , AND BOTTOM DWELLER LEAVE THE AREA !! THEN BIGELOW ‘S NET APPROACHES , THE FISH ARE GONE WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR BIGELOWS LOW CATCH RATE .
    SMALL FISHING VESSELS HAVE FEW ELECTRONICS AND DO NOT HAVE PROBLEMS CATCHING FISH ?????

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