Bottom water temperature probe with real-time readout Generations of New England lobstermen have noticed the abundance and activity of their prey respond to oceanographic events. Episodes of upwelling and downwelling, for example, along the coast of Maine apparently affect the distribution and migration of animals. The bottom water temperatures evidently change the movement and feeding cycles. With now over six million lobster traps in the Gulf of Maine alone, there are thousands of curious lobstermen. We propose to develop a temperature probe that will retain bottom water values so that, as it is hauled on deck, lobstermen (or any type of fishermen) can determine the real-time bottom water record. Since there are several probes on the market that internally record temperature, the degree of engineering necessary to add a real-time display is minor. The probe can be developed to display temperatures recorded on the previous hour, for example, so that the reading is not biased by the upper water column or air temperatures as it is hauled up on deck. The development of this probe would be a significant addition to a program already underway for the last three years called "Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps (eMOLT)" (see www.emolt.org). Over one hundred individuals have attached temperature probes to their traps and have the data downloaded 1-2 times per year. Many of these participants have expressed interest in getting a more real time readout so that they do not have to wait several months lag before seeing the bottom water temperatures at any particular day. The infrastructure that has made the eMOLT project work is the set of lobster associations. There are several organized groups throughout New England with monthly meetings and newsletters by which notices can be distributed to thousands of individuals. In addition to these regional groups there are annual forums/trade shows with hundreds of lobstermen attending. The combination of these associations and forums allows an easy communication between fishermen, scientist, and commercial enterprise.