Hagfish Fising Areas in the Gulf of Maine

  • Title: Hagfish Fising Areas in the Gulf of Maine
  • Abstract:

    Hagfish, also known as “Slime Eels,” are caught using barrels in the mud east of Cashes ledge. Hagfish is a largely unregulated fishery. Consequently, there is not a lot of data available about the fishery or clear avenues to contact hagfish fishermen. The data on the Hagfish fishery included in this map comes in part from fishermen who fish for Hagfish and in part from fishermen who live in communities with the fishermen or know hagfish fishermen and see their boats disappearing over the horizon.
    The data gives a sense of the vast area fished off the coast of Maine as well as the complexity of fisheries and gear types across areas. It shows areas of fishing from only selected harbors or regions, however, and represent an incomplete “snapshot” from an ongoing project. It should not be viewed as representing a complete data set for Maine’s fisheries, but rather as one step towards understanding fisheries-use patterns offshore and methods for documenting them.

  • Publication Date: Dec. 19, 2013, 11:38 a.m.
  • Type: Vector Data
  • Keywords: Fisheries Hagfish
  • Category: Ocean Uses
  • Owner: NBattista
  • Point of Contact: NBattista
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  • Restrictions: none
  • Purpose:

    Marine Spatial Planning

  • Language: English
  • Supplemental Information:

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Attribute Name Range Average Median Standard Deviation
The_Geom NA
Harbor NA
Fishery NA
Geartype NA