Conducting scientific research to support sustainable fishing, farming, aquaculture and renewable energy.
Face to face with a loggerhead
HabCam maintenance at sea
Bushel of scallops
Face to face with a loggerhead
What's new at CFF?
(6/24/2022) - Research biologist Farrell Davis returned from a fast and furious 72-hour scallop tagging cruise this week. Pictured above: CFF technician Tori Oriole assists Farrell with processing meat and gonad weights from a small sample of scallops brought back to the lab. While at-sea, thousands of scallops were tagged and re-released by CFF researchers in coordination with an intensive optical survey also being conducted by CFF from the Nantucket-Lightship Rotational Areas to Scallop Closed Area 2. We would like to thank Will Ligenza - F/V Small Stuff and Jose Correia - F/V Kathy Marie for their many hours of service and dedication to these projects.
(6/17/2022) - This week CFF research biologists Tasha O'Hara, Luisa Garcia and technicians Nathan Shivers and Tori Oriole have been onboarding in New Bedford for Leg 1 of the our HabCam survey. Onsite coordination and services have been provided by Jose Correia/Arnie Demello, F/V Kathy Marie and Quinn Fisheries. This optical survey of the seafloor is funded by the Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program managed by NOAA Fisheries. Funds to support research are generated through the sale of set-aside allocations of federally managed species like sea scallops and monkfish.
(6/10/2022) - Special thanks to Rockand Trust Bank for their donation to the sea turtle research at CFF!
Sea turtle scientists at CFF and NEFSC recently completed a tagging trip in the Mid-Atlantic Bight. These efforts help scientists determine seasonal migration patterns and areas of high/low loggerhead population densities. Transmitters can also be used to monitor turtle dive behavior and certain oceanographic features. To view more images please visit: https://www.facebook.com/CFarmFoundation
(4/22/2022) CFF has been awarded a Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) Grant to conduct research on Sea Turtles off the coast of Massachusetts. To learn more about MET, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-environmental-trust
CFF awarded Research Set-Aside (RSA) funding for (5) projects that will be conducted through 2022-2023
(Spring 2022) CFF has been awarded RSA grant funding to conduct the following projects through 2023:
Understanding the Impacts of the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery on Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Principal Investigators: Samir Patel, Ph.D., Liese Siemann, Ph.D.
Optical Assessment of Atlantic Sea Scallop Abundance and Distribution in Select Areas of the Mid-Atlantic and Georges Bank
Principal Investigators: Tasha O'Hara, Luisa Garcia, Liese Siemann, Ph.D.
Evaluating the Key Factors that Influence the Efficacy of Transplanting to Supplement Recruitment
Principal Investigators: Farrell Davis, Luisa Garcia, Ryan Munnelly, Nathan Shivers, Victoria Oriole
Using Sedimentary eDNA to Track the Presence of Scallop Spat and Predators
Principal Investigators: Liese Siemann, Ph. D., Samir Patel, Ph.D.
Seasonal Survey for the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery on the Eastern Part of Georges Bank
Principal Investigators: Luisa M. Garcia, Liese Siemann, Ph.D., Farrell Davis, Natalie Jennings
RSA projects could not be completed without our industry partners. CFF would like to extend their appreciation to collaborators for 2022: Daniel Eilertsen (Nordic Inc.); Jose Correia and Arnie DeMello (F/V Kathy Marie); Joe Gilbert (Empire Fisheries); Brent Fulcher (Fulcher Seafoods) Ronnie Enoksen (Eastern Fisheries); Nordic Fisheries; Kavanagh Fisheries; Jim Gutowski (Viking Village Fisheries); Cynbal Fisheries; Quinn Fisheries; Brain and Susan Kvilhaug -
SUSTAINING SEA SCALLOPS -
A DOCUMENTARY FILM
Our feature film, Sustaining Sea Scallops, is now available online! Check out the promo clip here.
Watch the full documentary to learn how the collaborative research model embraced by CFF helped a flagging scallop fishing industry rebound.