Regional Ventless Trap Program: Seeking Industry Participants


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The Department of Marine Resources, in cooperation with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, seeks three industry participants for the Regional Ventless Trap Program through a competitive bid process. This is an opportunity to participate in a cooperative research project between industry and scientists from Maine through New York. Three of nine legs are open for bid, covering (1) Addison to MDI, (2) Pemaquid - Casco Bay, and (3) Casco Bay. Each leg will have 80-100 small mesh traps rigged as triples randomly located at three depths. Sampling will take place during June, July and August 2022. Each trap will be baited and hauled twice each month on three night soaks making a total 3 day commitment each month. The lobster catch will be measured by a sea sampler and immediately returned to the ocean. All traps, line and buoys will be supplied to participating fishermen. Interested parties will need to complete the application to identify vessel specifications, daily rate and preferred sampling leg.

Application materials and additional information can be found at:

All applications must be received via mail, email, texted picture or fax by March 15, 2022. Please send applications or questions to:

Kathleen Reardon
Regional Ventless Trap Program
Maine Department of Marine Resources
P.O. Box 8, 194 McKown Point Rd
West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
Cell: (207) 350-7440

More information including printable informational documents and project results can be found at