Quahog Research Fleet Video Release

To celebrate a successful Quahog Week, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation has released a short film showcasing the work of the Quahog Research Fleet.

Quahogs are one of the most valuable fisheries in Narragansett Bay. To maintain the sustainability of this fishery, better sampling methods are needed for proper stock assessments. In recognition of this, Rhode Island Sea Grant worked with the Commercial Fisheries Foundation, the Department of Environmental Management, and Roger Williams University to develop a research fleet in cooperation with shellfishermen to determine a harvester-applied sampling methodology from which collected data would be used to enhance stock assessments.

The fleet includes five commercial shellfishermen using modern technology to collect environmental and biological data throughout the year, covering areas of the bay not currently surveyed. The goal is to build a more sustainable fishery through a collaborative approach involving shellfishermen, scientists, and resource managers to enhance coastal monitoring and future research.

To read more about the project and for project updates visit the project web page here.

CFRF Quahog Research Fleet from CFRF on Vimeo.