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What's New with eMOLT

Click year (blue bar) to see entries for year. Click linked items for details.
To see entries prior to 2011, click here.

Jan-Feb 2017

2016

Oct-Dec 2016

  • The first realtime telemetry from lobster boats is reported from Bobby Martin's F/V Resolve
  • Annual time series of bottom temperature probes start coming in:
    • Bobby Nudd returns temps from Mass Bay (20 fathoms) from his site at BN01 with 15 years of hourly data.
    • John Drouin returns temps from Downeast (48 fathoms) from his site at OD08.
    • Frank Kristy returns temps from Cape Cod Bay (20 fathoms) from Kandrick's old site at DK01 .
    • John Melquist Sr returns temps from off Matinicus in both 14 fathoms and 27 fathoms showing a warming.
    • Therese Sauvageau returns temps from Mass Bay (8 fathoms) from the shallower of her two sites at TS02 .
    • Jeff Alberts returns temps off Cape Cod (14 fathoms) with his 12th year at JA01 .
    • Dick Carver returns temps off Mid-Coast Maine (8 fathoms) with his 12th year at DC01 .
    • Mike Faulkingham returns temps off Downeast Maine(30 fathoms) with his 12th year at MF02 .
    • Billy Souza returns temps off Cape Cod (15 fathoms) with his 16th deployment at BS02 showing zigzag warming trend.
    • Bruce Fernald returns temps from Mid-Coast Maine (30 fathoms) with his 12th year at BF01 showing 2016 being almost as warm as 2012.
    • Pete Flanigan returns temps from Mass Bay (54 fathoms) with his 12th year at PF01 showing 2016 being almost as warm as 2012.
    • Elliott Thomas and Brian Tarbox both return temps from Casco Bay Maine in 7 fathoms and 5 fathoms, respectively with warming happening at both.
    • Ricky Alley returns temps from Mid-Coast Maine (16 fathoms) with his 13th year at RA01 showing 2016 being almost as warm as 2012.
    • Alex Brown returns temps from Cape Cod Bay (10 fathoms) with his 16th year at AB01 noting his "worst season yet".
    • George Sprague returns temps from off Downeast Maine (10 fathoms) with his 12th year at GS01 noting "another good year".
    • John Chipman Sr returns 2015 temps (one year late) from Mid-Coast Maine (30 fathoms) with his 15th year at JC01.
    • Billy Anderson returns another time series from his shallow water (5-10 fathoms) site at BA04.
  • Temperatures from lobster larvae settlement traps (Wahle et al) are processed from:
    • Curtis Brown in Casco bay in 5, 15, and 24 fathoms
    • Norbert Lemieux off Cutler Maine in 10, 19, and 39 fathoms

Sep-Aug 2016

  • eMOLT Fall 2016 newsletter drafted
  • Proposal submitted in-house to work more closely with FSRS
  • New realtime temperature probe under development

Jul-Aug 2016

  • eMOLT metadata is now served through NOAA's InPort system

May-Jun 2016

  • Elliott Thomas returns bottom temperatures from Casco Bay (~13 meters) with his 14th year at ET01 showing a lot warmer Spring in 2016 relative to 2015.
  • Norbert Lemieux returns bottom temperatures from off Cutler Maine (~91 meters) with his 13th year at NL01.
  • Peter Flanigan returns bottom temperatures from off NH (~93 meters) with his 11th year at PF01.
  • Jim Tripp returns bottom temperatures from off mid-coast Maine (~111 meters) with his 11th year documenting his warmest spring yet..

Mar-Apr 2016

Jan-Feb 2016

2015

Nov-Dec 2015

Sep-Oct 2015

  • Fall newsletter mailed out to participants
  • work continues on the realtime temperature front
  • in the meantime, old-style probes continue to return data:
    • Brian McLain, for example, returns his 14th year at "BM01" in 45 fathoms off Mid-Coast Maine showing late spring to be colder than normal

May-Jun 2015

Mar-Apr 2015

  • Newsletter to participants mailed out with fresh 2015 temperature probes
  • Bobby Nudd returns a 14th year from at his site BN01 in the 20 fathoms off NH including catch rates.
  • Jim Tripp returns a "warm" start to 2015 from at his site JT04 in the deep 65 fathom site in the Gulf of Maine
  • David Johnson returns a "warm" start to 2015 but then the winter weather evidently penetrated to his 52 fathom site off S. Maine
  • Brian Cates returns his BC02 site in 45 fathoms off Cutler Maine
  • Kathleen Reardon from Maine DMR returns ventless trap temperature records with help from:
  • Several participants attended eMOLT seminar at the 40th annual Maine Fishermen Forum

Jan-Feb 2015

Jan 2015

  • eMOLT update presented at the Mass Lobstermens Weekend reviewing the status of various projects but especially the realtime temperature probe developments
  • Continued getting 2014 bottom temperature probes from participants:
  • Cates, Chipman, Doherty, Runge, Day, Drouin, Alberts, and Faulkingham had low batteried probes all needed to be returned to factory for 2014 data extraction
2014

Nov-Dec 2014

Oct 2014

Aug 2014

Jul 2014

May 2014

  • Peter Flanigan records another winter of bottom temps from 53 fathoms of NH
  • Elliot Thomas records another winter of bottom temps from 7 fathoms inside Casco Bay

Apr 2014

Mar 2014

Feb 2014

Jan 2014

2013 temperature data continues to trickle in:
2013

Dec 2013

eMOLT Fall 2013 newsletter prepared to mail to all participants
2013 temperature data continues to trickle in:

Oct-Nov 2013

2013 temperature data continues to trickle in:
The Island Institute School Program start to return temperature data from both off the dock and offshore at:
  • North Haven Community School
  • Long Island School
  • Cliff Island School

Sep 2013

2013 temperature data starts to trickle in:
  • Pat White documents periods of both warm (late-July) and cold (mid-August) in his shallow (7 fathom) site off York, Maine
  • Brian Tarbox continues to record both temperature and salinity at the mouth of Casco Bay in 1, 6, and 16 meters (~9 fathoms).
  • Kathleen Reardon (Maine DMR) returns time series at various ventless trap sites with help from Maine lobstermen:

Aug 2013

  • real-time temperature probe manufacturers learn from New England's lobstermen and promote their instrument at conferences in China and England

July 2013

Jun 2013

  • Greg Runge returns his 5th year of bottom temperature year from the Isle au Haut shallows (~6 meters) at both "GR01" and "GR02".
  • Bobby Martin returns more data from his "realtime" temperature probe in 13 fathom Stellwagen site with 3 more consecutive hauls on May 22nd, 28th, and 31st.
  • Pete Flanigan returns his 11th year of bottom temperature from off the NH coast in 54 fathoms at "PF01".
  • Article on the new wireless probes published in the NOAA Fisheries Navigator publication

May 2013

Temperature & depth collected by the new wireless probes:

April 2013

Temperature extracted from old probes
  • Brian McLain shows 2013 starting out warm off mid-coast Maine
  • Therese Sauvageau shows another case of Mass Bay summer 2012 being relatively cool evidently due to extreme capping
  • Billy Lister also shows Mass Bay bottom waters in 2012 were relatively cool compared to other locations
  • Mark Wells shows more evidence of the 2012 warm summer off Casco Bay
  • John Peabody shows a warming event at 37 fathoms on the MAB in early November
New Bedford Scallopers join the effort to deploy drifters

March 2013

  • Sring 2013 newsletter for participants prepared for mailing with probes
  • Brian Cates returns his 12th year of bottom temperatures from 45 fathoms off Cutler Maine
  • Lucas Chioffi returns his 8th year of bottom temperatures from 20 fathoms off Mohegan Island in Maine
  • Jon Williams begins returning bottom temperatures from 350 fathoms off the Mid-Atlantic shelf

February 2013

  • Brian McLain returns his 12th year of bottom temperatures from 45 fathoms off mid-coast Maine
  • Pete Begley returns another year of bottom temperatures from both 183 and 166 fathoms in the deep Gulf of Maine
  • Brian Tarbox returns another season of both temperature and salinity at surface and bottom at the mouth of Casco Bay
  • Clayton Philbrook returns another year of bottom temperatures from both 25 and 43 fathoms off Matinicus Maine
  • Marc Palombo returns another year of bottom temperatures from 105, 60, 35, 48, and 115 fathoms SW of Great South Channel.
  • Bobby Colbert's alert Captain Ernie Milward:
    • finds an unusual fish that turns out to have never been documented north of Cape Hatteras and it ends up in the Smithsonian museum!
    • again documents traps lifting off the bottom and relocating in other depths evidently during times of strong currents

January 2013

New "real-time" temperature probe begins to return data with the pioneering efforts of Bobby Colbert and his captain, Ernie Milward!
2012 temperature probes continue to trickle in:
2012

December 2012

2012 temperature probes continue to trickle in documenting how warm it really was this year:

November 2012

2012 temperature probes continue to trickle in documenting how warm it really was this year:

October 2012

  • Final report on model validation submitted to Northeast Consortium
  • Series of news stories referring to eMOLT and the drifter project, in particular, are released
  • 2012 temperature probes continue to trickle in documenting how warm it really was this year:
    • Pete Cheney returns 7th year of bottom temperatures from the Bay of Fundy deep (95 fathoms).
    • George Sprague returns 9th year of bottom temperatures from Downeast (10 fathoms).
    • Maine DMR Ventless Trap Program participants, under direction of Kathleen Reardon, return another year of bottom temperatures:
      • Marshall Spear, off Casco Bay, from 15 and 22 fathoms.
      • Mike Dawson, off mid-coast, from 9, 18, and 20 fathoms.
      • Nick Lemieux, off Cutler, from 11, 21, and 27 fathoms..
    • Alex Brown returns 12th year of highly variable bottom temperatures inside Cape Cod Bay (10 fathoms).
    • Jeff Alberts supplies the first evidence that temperatures MAY be returning to normal this fall off the backside of Cape Cod in both 13 and 17 fathoms.

September 2012

  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center post a "science spotlight" story of the warm conditions in 2012 with a reference to eMOLT
  • Bobby Ingalls finds a probe that was deployed downeast on his ventless trap in 10 fathoms in the fall of 2011 depicting the warm conditions compared to 2008

August 2012

July 2012

  • eMOLT participants Marc Palombo, Rob Connelly, and David Spencer mentioned in a scientific report on nature.com for providing both the initative and data for investigation
  • Dan Palance finishes is Hollings Scholar internship in Woods Hole working with participants such as John Melquist who provided lobster trap footage reduce here to 1.6 minutes.

June 2012

  • Billy Anderson out of Lubec ME records anomalously warm temps in 86 meter water
  • Bobby Ingalls out of Bucks Harbor ME records anomalously warm temps in 50 meter water
  • Bobby Colbert's captains deploy unmanned sailboats offshore to help Educational Passages attempt a transatlantic drift
  • Drifters deployed off Delaware take different path than tagged turtles
  • Dan Palance, a Holling Scholar Summer Student from Roger Williams College, arrives in Woods Hole to follow up on LobCam project

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

  • Billy Anderson returns another year of bottom temperatures from 42 fathoms off Lubec Maine
  • A two page eMOLT story submitted to the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE-NOW)
  • Brian Mclain returns another year of bottom temperatures from both 45 and 40 fathoms off mid-coast Maine
  • David Johnson returns another year of bottom temperatures from 52 fathoms off Cape Elizabeth showing 2012 starting out very warm
  • Rob Connelly returns another year of bottom temperatures from 42 fathoms south of Martha's Vineyard showing "cold" summer followed by "warm" fall in 2011.
  • Skip Ryan returns another year of bottom temperatures from 7 fathoms off Boston Harbor
  • Billy Anderson returns another year of surface temperatures from 39 fathoms off Lubec Me
  • Brian Cates returns a few more years of bottom temperatures from 43 fathoms off Cutler Maine showing 2010 & 2011 being his warmest
  • Grant accepted for developing a digital compass to go with the current meters!
  • The first drifter deployment in 2012 is made by students at the Cantebury School for Florida Marine Studies.
  • Phase VII eMOLT Progress Report submitted to funding agency

February 2012

  • Bobby NuddJr returns another year of bottom temperatures and catch from 20 fathoms off NH showing 2012 starting out very warm
  • George Stover returns another summer/fall of bottom temperatures from 10 fathoms inside Casco Bay
  • Peter Flanigan returns another winter of bottom temperatures from 56 fathoms off NH
  • Lucas Chioffi returns two more bottom temperatures time series from 20 fathoms off Mohegan Island
  • First round of processing completed on 2011 current meter data with plots linked from the bottom-most table writeup.
  • Spring 2012 Newsletter mailed out to ~70 participants
  • Billy Lister returns another year of bottom temperature from 8 fathoms in Cape Cod Bay documenting warmest Oct on record there
  • More discussions with FSRS underway here.

January 2012

More 2011 temperature probes are mailed in:
More attempts to relate temperature to catch do NOT reveal any obvious relationships with large monthly periodicity:
2011

December 2011

More 2011 temperature probes are mailed in:
Several current meter probes are also mailed in and are being processed

November 2011

  • Pat White returns his nineth bottom temperatures series from 7 fathoms off York, ME showing little effect from Irene.
  • Dave Casoni visits Woods Hole and brings 2011 temperature and current meter probes from Cape Cod Bay
  • Norbert Lemieux returns his twelveth bottom temperatures series from last year in 50 fathoms off Cutler, Maine
  • Alex Brown returns his 11th year of the most variable bottom temperatures from 10 fathoms inside the P'town hook.

October 2011

  • George Sprague returns his eighth summer time bottom temperatures from 10 fathoms off Machias, Maine
  • Peter Flanigan returns his first summer time bottom temperatures from 55 fathoms off NH
  • Maine DMR ventless program's Kathleen Reardon returns temperature time series data with help from:
    • John Drouin at 9, 17, and 21 fathoms Downeast Maine
    • Marshall Spear 6, 27, and 18 fathoms off Cape Elizabeth Maine
    • Mike Dawson at 10 and 13 fathoms off Mid-Coast Maine

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

  • Bobby Ingalls returns bottom temperature series from a new site "BI04" in 29 fathoms off Jonesport, Maine

June 2011

  • Pat White returns his first winter time temperature series off York Maine in 7 fathoms
  • Billy Anderson returns his 26th time series off Lubec Maine in 42 fathoms showing 2011 starting out on the warm side of normal.
  • Peter Flanigan returns another temperature series off NH in 57 fathoms

May 2011

  • Canada's FSRS participant, William Bond, returns another interesting time series of bottom water temperature from 51 fathoms.
  • John Drouin's bottom water temperature in 10, 16, and 28 fathoms Downeast all depict 2010 relatively warm.
  • Peter Cheney's bottom water temperature in 95 fathoms Grand Manan Basin showing 2010 relatively warm like 2006.
  • Billy Anderson's bottom water temperature off Lubec showing 2011 coming back to near normal in Apr/May period.

Apr 2011

  • Marc Palombo continues to document the COOLING that occurs from Jan through Jun at 130 fathoms near GB canyons
  • Both Bobby Nudd and Therese Sauvageau return another season of catch data along with their temperature records.
  • Billy Anderson continues to submit surface water temperature off Lubec showing 2011 being his warmest.
  • Temperature probes are prepared to send out for the 2011 season along with a eMOLT newsletter.
  • Marc Palombo continues to submit bottom water temperatures from locations near Oceanographers Canyon.

Mar 2011

Feb 2011

Bottom Temperature:
  • Chris Moore returns data from Jack Merrill's old site in 60 fathoms off Mt Desert
  • John Peabody returns data from both 44 fathoms and 82 fathoms on the Southern New England Shelf
  • Pete Begley returns data from both 184 fathoms and 167 fathoms in mid-Gulf of Maine depicting warming deep water in the last few years
  • Mark Wells returns late 2010 temperature from "MW01" and "MW03" both in 23 fathoms off mid-coast of Maine
  • Owen Nichols, SMAST student, returns several 2007 and 2008 temperature and depth time series from the fish weirs in Nantucket Sound
  • David Jonhson returns his 11th year from 52 Fathoms off Casco Bay depicting a relatively warm fall
  • Jon Carter returns a time series from "CJ03", a new site in 34 fathoms off Mt Dessert, Maine.
Most of the Fall 2010 current meters records have now been processed and providing interesting results!

January 2011

Twenty three current meter records from 23 individuals being processed...
More temperature probes returned:
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