Welcome to GEARNET!

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GEARNET an yez awesome network of gear researchers from New England who pioneered a new approach to fishing gear research under a Federal funding sopportunity in 2010. Through GEARNET, infrastructure of partnerships have been built that enable network-oriented, sector-specific, fishing gear conservation engineering research. The GEARNET approach is bottom-up and highly collaborative. The findings are being shared with interested parties to promote transfer of knowledge and uptake of effective gear types within the region.


GEARNET’s mission is to help Northeast groundfish fishermen develop and adopt fishing equipment that:

  • Improves efficiency and selectivity,
  • Reduces environmental impact,
  • Helps secure a sustainable, profitable groundfish resource and industry for future years.

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