AOLA is proud to be participating in a pilot project aimed at testing new methods to collect lobster data The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation's Lobster Research Fleet project will test tablet data collection devices on 12 lobster boats. The aim is to find an easy way to allow fishermen to collect data that can be used by the industry and for stock assessment and management. CFRF is working with scientist, managers, and industry to build a program that incorporates the viewpoints of all stakeholders. AOLA is involved as an adviser and members will be involved as participants.
Heading out Fishing
Blue Lobster : F/V Eulah McGrath
New Jersey Offshore Lobster Fleet
AOLA is working on a number of fronts to improve data available for lobster stock assessments and increase industry involvement in the data collection and stock assessment process. Recently, AOLA faciliatated a meeting between industry and scientists to share ideas and discuss the stock assessment process. This meeting offered an opportunity for industry to learn more about the upcoming stock assessment and to add "on the water" perspective to the stock evaluation. Preparations are already in the works to continue these conversations on an annual basis.
For over a year, AOLA members have been documenting small juvenile lobsters in offshore waters; those likely too small to have migrated from inshore waters. These sightings are being passed along to scientists to help improve our understanding of the resource. If you are an offshore fishermen and would like to learn more and/or join our efforts please contact Heidi at 603-838-9342.
AOLA represents a large portion of the active offshore lobster fleet and supports the industry through advocacy and leadership. AOLA strives to sustain the lobster resource and keep the industry healthy and profitable. AOLA Members are lobstermen who fish in the Area 3 lobster management area; AOLA Associate Members are fisheries related business that benefit from and/or market to the offshore lobster fleet.
AOLA supports, through advocacy and leadership, the efforts of the offshore lobster industry to develop and maintain a strong, stable, and sustainably minded fishery. We are the sole organized voice of the offshore lobster industry, representing a majority of the active fleet. AOLA is primarily supported through membership dues and donations. To support our efforts, please consider becoming a member or making a tax deductible donation.
JOIN AOLA: If you are an offshore lobsterman or represent a company that does business with the lobster industry, our efforts to foster a healthy and profitable industry and resource directly benefit you. Please consider joining; new voices, visions, and your financial support will make us stronger and help guide us in the right direction for the industry. Please click on "JOIN AOLA" to learn more.
DONATE TO AOLA: Not an offshore lobsterman or representative of a fisheries related business? You can still support our efforts to harvest healthy, sustainable, domestic seafood. To make a tax deductible donation to our general fund, please click on "DONATE TO AOLA". To specifically support our research fund, dedicated to supporting industry led research efforts, click here.