Welcome to GEARNET!

GEARNET is in full swing! Follow updates on projects at our blog and learn about the latest GEARNET projects in the news. Also, check out a GEARNET trawling instructional video series shot at the flume tank at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada in the Fall of 2012.

Want to learn more? We are currently organizing dock-side meetings to discuss results from projects that may be of interest to small groups of fishermen. To schedule a meeting, or if you have other questions or comments, contact Erik Chapman @ 603-862-1935 or erik.chapman@unh.edu.


Funded by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) Cooperative Research Program, GEARNET was formed in 2011 to address the need for an integrated, network approach to fishery gear conservation engineering, and fisheries research in general, for the Northeast region.

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

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

Through GEARNET, infrastructure of partnerships have been build 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.


Next Scheduled Outreach Meeting (click link below to view flyer):

Monday, April 14, Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 3-6pm


Learn what fishermen are saying about GEARNET projects!

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Joining 17 others funded in 2011...

Final Reports to be posted in February, 2014!