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
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,
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