Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation

Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation

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 What:  Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, collaborates with collaborates with lobstermen, scientists and members of the community to support a healthy lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine.

Why:  Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation collaborates with lobstermen, scientists and members of the community to:

  • Support a healthy lobster fishery within the Gulf of Maine
  • Conduct vessel-based field work
  • Protect and sustain the resource
  • Encourage good stewardship of the marine environment
  • Provide outreach, education and economic opportunities

Impact: During the past ten years GOMLF has managed and administered over 20 projects geared towards improving the science, management and sustainability of the resource. With a Board of Directors made primarily of lobstermen and a direct line to fishermen who are willing to collaborate, GOMLF is able to communicate directly with the lobster industry on issues they see facing the fishery.

Some of our projects such as eMOLT (Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps) was started 10 years ago and lobstermen are still using lobster traps to collect bottom temperatures from their original sites. At the same time over the course of 3 years GOMLF has collected over 2 million pounds of floating groundlines in order to help lobstermen comply with federal regulations. We have increased the number of collaborators through our various projects and continue to reach out to other organizations who look to the lobster industry as a wealth of information about the Gulf of Maine marine ecosystems.

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