Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps and Large Trawlers (eMOLT)

The eMOLT project is a not-for-profit collaboration of industry, science, and academics devoted to monitoring of the physical environment of the Gulf of Maine and the Southern New England shelf. While initiated at NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation has supported the project since 2003 and now leads the administration. 

In a series of phases, funded originally by NOAA's Northeast Consortium beginning in 2001, NEFSC's Study Fleet program (2015-present), and recently by NOAA's Ocean Technology Transition program (2017-present), we developed low-cost strategies to measure bottom temperature, salinity, and current velocity with the help of over 100 fixed and mobile gear fishermen dispersed along the entire New England coast. With the primary focus being bottom temperature, we supply local ocean modelers data.

eMOLT now in real-time

For a one page description of the system, click here.

For a list of the most recent data vs model output, click here.

For a map of the observations over the last month, click here and a map of observations relative to climatology in the past week, click here.

For a set of instructional videos on the realtime system setup click here

The current system utilizes a wireless water temperature & depth sensor with a low-cost off the shelf computer and a vessel mounted data satellite telemetry system. Data sheets: Sensor and Data Logger Internet Gateway Deck Box with Satellite Communications Package

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To access the original NOAA page, click here.

Contact: james.manning@noaa.gov