Massachusetts and the Northeast region have long been associated with thriving commercial and recreational fisheries that land an amazingly diverse number of species including finfish, lobsters and shellfish. The decline of some of the favored fish stocks, including cod, has led to efforts to reduce waste and support sustainable fisheries.
Historically, MIT Sea Grant’s efforts have focused on fisheries engineering, offshore aquaculture, and the integration of social science as a fundamental part of fisheries management efforts. Our fisheries-supported research contributed to gear improvements that elevated sustainability and reduced by-catch. We also explored strategies to add value to non-target fish species, supporting local economies.