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Collaborative Research

Olivia Rugo Free, Collaborative Research Coordinator

What is collaborative research?

Collaborative research is when a fisherman or a group of fishermen work with a scientist to examine an issue that will improve the knowledge base or regulation of the ocean fisheries. The idea can be generated by either the fishing or the scientific community and will seek to sustain both the fisheries and the fishing way-of-life.

What kinds of projects are suitable for collaborative research?

Some sample types of ideas are:

  • Selective gear research and design
  • Fishery interactions
  • Ecosystem and habitat studies
  • Commercial harvest and species sampling
  • Oceanographic measurement and system studies
  • By-catch and discard issues
  • Public outreach and education
  • Socioeconomic impacts

This is NOT a complete list. Any idea you have is worth following up on.

How the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership can help with your cooperative project ideas:

Depending on your needs, we can assist with:

  • Discussing and developing proposal ideas
  • Writing planning letters
  • Finding research partners (fishermen, vessels, or scientists)
  • Managing grant-related paperwork and administration
  • Coordinating project implementation tasks
  • Troubleshooting potential project set-backs

For a list of  MFP collaborative research projects, click here.

The Massachusetts Ocean Partnership Fund  conducted a thorough analysis of gaps in existing ocean research and produced a report that is very helpful in the identification of where and how fishermen can add the most value to research. Click here to view the Science Gap Analysis  Final Report.

For more information, please contact Olivia Free, Collaborative Research Coordinator, at the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership at  978-282-4847 or 888-282-8816 or
olivia@mass-fish.org.

 

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