Conducting scientific research to support sustainable fishing, farming, aquaculture and renewable energy.

Face to face with a loggerhead
Face to face with a loggerhead

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HabCam maintenance at sea
HabCam maintenance at sea

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Bushel of scallops
Bushel of scallops

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Face to face with a loggerhead
Face to face with a loggerhead

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What's new at CFF?

CFF was selected to receive Department of Energy funding for offshore wind research
(10/13/2021) CFF will survey fish populations and benthic habitat in offshore wind sites using a range of optical survey tools including our HabCam vehicle and upgraded baited underwater video systems. Our partners in the project are scientists and engineers at the UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science & Technology and Kitware, Inc.

CFF will be conducting at-sea monitor training
(8/24/2021) CFF was selected to conduct components of the At-Sea Monitor Training Program for NEFSC . Stay tuned to learn more as the program gets underway.

CFF finishes three back-to-back HabCam survey trips of the sea scallop resource
(7/19/2021) The CFF HabCam team, led by Tasha O'Hara, and the F/V Kathy Marie successfully completed their surveys of the  southern Georges Bank and Mid-Atlantic scallop resource areas, covering over 2,700 nm of optical survey track. Data collected by the survey will be used to develop new scallop management alternatives for the upcoming fishing year.

CFF-led team sets a new one-day record for tagging loggerhead sea turtles
(5/30/2021) A team of CFF scientists and graduate students from Purdue Fort Wayne, with enthusiastic support from the captain and crew of the F/V Kathy Ann, deployed 15 satellite tags in one day during our recent Mid-Atlantic loggerhead tagging cruise. The previous record of deploying 14 tags in one day was set by a team of CFF and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists in 2017.

New CFF paper on using computational fluid dynamics to design scallop dredges published in Fisheries Research
(5/14/2021) CFF scientists Liese Siemann and Farrell Davis, with collaborators Tor Bendiksen from Reidar's Manufacturing and CFF board member Ron Smolowitz, published a paper on using fluid dynamics and flume tank testing to design scallop dredges, combining field data collected during trials of low profile dredges with data collected using these cutting-edge techniques.

CFF scientist leads a new paper in Scientific Reports on potential climate change impacts on sea turtles
(4/23/2021) CFF scientist Samir Patel and his collaborators from the National Marine Fisheries Service and UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science & Technology published a paper on projected shifts in loggerhead sea turtle habitat due to climate change using data collected during the loggerhead tagging program.


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.




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