• Development of Low-cost Instrumentation to Support Student Marine Ecology Projects

    SquidPod and RoboBuoy represent the latest addition to IfAME's growing suite of low-cost, but highly capable, student-designed tools that are specifically designed to be deployed from small boats in areas where twilight zone depths are accessible near shore. In addition to gaining experience with marine research, students who participate in creation of these instruments develop valuable skills in electronics, computer programming, and robotics.

  • Quantification of Seafloor Habitat Impacts from Bottom Trawling Under Selected Trawl Modifications

    The goal of this project is to quantify the relative impacts of traditional bottom trawl gear and modified trawl gear on the structural attributes of seafloor habitat that form an important component of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) for many groundfish species. Additionally, this modified gear has potential to significantly reduce fuel costs due to lower drag while at the same time producing a higher quality product due to greater door spread and shorter tow times.