The Northeast Consortium (NEC) funded project to install temperature sensors on lobster traps off the New England coast is now operational. Fourty-nine probes are distributed at the time of this writing (30 April 2001) in various locations from the southern flank of Georges Bank to inshore waters of downeast Maine. Dozens more have been purchased for those already registered and will be handed out at upcoming association meetings.
In the meantime, a phase II proposal (year 2001) to deploy salinity probes as well as temperature for has been submitted. These will be deployed by lobstermen throughout the Gulf of Maine. IAdministraive support will go directly to the lobster associations to help with training and data collection procedures.
The final proposal is on-line under "Proposal Documents"at the project
web site: emolt.html. The
home page also includes links like: "Results from the field" for viewing
a chart of the Gulf of Maine with links to various deployment sites, "Getting
Started Manuals" with instructions now available for both participants
and administrators, and "Training Sessions and Meetings Planned"
for a list of association meetings with eMOLT representatives. David McCarron,
representing the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, has taken a lead on
coordinating the project and will work with the various lobster associations.
He will be attending some of the association meetings in order to meet
with and train the project participants. Questions can be directed
to firstname.lastname@example.org (207-363-8008) and/or email@example.com (508-495-2211).