The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel Working Group convened on March 5, 2018 at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Narragansett Laboratory. The purpose of this Working Group meeting was to: 1) develop plans for work on the F/V Nobska, 2) compare NEFSC/Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program gear performance, 3) determine priorities for future gear efficiency work, 4) evaluate the effects of NEFSC gear spread on survey indices, and 5) develop recommendations for NTAP’s focus for the next 1-3 years.
About the NTAP
The NTAP is a joint advisory panel of the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils composed of Council members, fishing industry, academic, and government and non-government fisheries experts. The NTAP was established to bring commercial fishing, fisheries science, and fishery management professionals in the northeastern US together to identify concerns about regional research survey performance and data, to identify methods to address or mitigate these concerns, and to promote mutual understanding and acceptance of the results of this work among their peers and in the broader community.