Things to do

Interesting Events on & around the Gloucester Waterfront

Things to do

As the last of the snow melts away and springtime hints at warmer days to come, there are several interesting events happening on and around Gloucester’s waterfront that may be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about our local fishery.

Tomorrow, April 14, from 3pm-6pm, GEARNET- The Northeast Groundfish Gear Conservation Engineering & Demonstration Network will be hosting an event at Maritime Gloucester (The Gloucester Heritage Center) on Harbor Loop in Gloucester.  The Project Results & Gear Demonstration Day will allow interested fishermen and members of the public to stop by and view the newest technologies in fishing gear.  Topics will include: Fuel efficiency, Gillnet fishing efficiency, LISP trawl – semi-pelagic doors and semi-pelagic ground cables modified for use in offshore and inshore fishing, Trawl selectivity, Alternative gear, Industry training and a Collaborative research discussion.  For more information, contact Erik Chapman (NH Sea Grant) at 603-862-1935 or

Maritime Gloucester also  has several other interesting events coming up, including two lectures in a series hosted by the Large Pelagics Research Center:


April 17:  Minimizing Vessel Strikes to Endangered Right Whales: A Crash Course in Conservation, Science, and Policy

April 24: Near and Far, Large and Small: What Underwater Sound Can Tell Us About Fish and Plankton in the Sea

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For more info on the exiting events and adventures happening at Maritime Gloucester, please click the following link: Events at Maritime Gloucester.  Keep in mind, many of these events are designed to be fun for the whole family!!

Don’t feel like leaving the couch? Learn about NOAA’s efforts to develop an effective program for disentangling whales that have become tangled in ropes and abandoned fishing gear by clicking here. After listening, you can subscribe to NOAA’s Fisheries podcasts- “On the Line”- to stay up on the latest news coming from the regulators and conservationists at the National Marine Fisheries Service. 

Happy Spring!