Environmental Monitors of Lobster Traps
Winter 2001/2002 Update

As of this writing (28 November 2001), 77 temperatures probes are distributed in various depths ranging from 20 to  200 fathoms throughout the Northeast Continental Shelf including the Gulf of Maine   Approximately half of these probes have already returned data.  These hourly records from fixed locations are typically several months long.  Plots of each record are posted on the eMOLT  web page (emolt.html) along with the actual temperatures series. The objective is to occupy the same sites in subsequent years in order to investigate the inter-annual variability. Participants are learning how to carefully document each deployment so that they may return to these fixed locations.  Position information is not posted on the web.

Much of this first year of operation entailed working out the logistics. The distribution of  equipment and information down through the levels of lobster foundations and associations required considerable time and effort. The resources and outreach activity was limited especially in the state of Maine where the participants are so widely distributed geographically.  Patrice Farrey,  as the interim Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation coordinator,  is in the process of  wrapping-up tasks associated with the first phase of eMOLT.  She has been accounting  both supplies and support money associated with eMOLT I and disbursing the balance to the associations.   Association representatives are asked to be patient as this transition takes place.  To check the status of this process and any additions/changes to the eMOLT operations, participants and administrators should visit the "What's New" , the top-most link on the eMOLT homepage.

 Hopefully, in the next few months, we will turn our attention to the work proposed in the second phase of eMOLT.  Most of the salinity probes have been delivered and at least one unit has been tested in the field (thanks to Marc  Palombo). Participants interested in deploying these salinity probes (8 total) will be asked to attend a full day training session sometime early next year to become comfortable with the unit and knowledgeable about its operation/calibration procedures. The idea is for each of the four associations to have two salinity probes (Seabird Microcats).

We hope to visit with as many of the eMOLT participants as possible at the upcoming Mass Lobstermen Weekend and the Maine Fishermen Forum.  This will be an ideal setting to present the first year results and to sit down with each participant individually to discuss the data in detail. Those participants who will not be attending either of these functions are asked to contact their association representative (Spinazzola, Casoni, Farrey, or Grindal) to arrange for a private meeting.  All participants and anyone interested in the project should be able to talk with eMOLT representatives, download data, submit documentation, and ask questions at their respective monthly association meetings.

For further information contact: James.Manning@noaa.gov

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