Gear Modification Workshop – Save the Date! July 26-28 – NEWPORT, OREGON

A deckhand checks the trawl net aboard the FV ChellissaPhoto credit: Susan Chambers

Industry leaders and the Environmental Defense Fund invite you to join us for a two-day workshop for skippers, crew, vessel owners, managers, and researchers involved in groundfish trawl fisheries and trawl gear modification research. The workshop will be held in Newport, July 26th – 28th.


Fisehrmen, researchers, and gear designers are continually improving the efficiency and selectivity of trawl gear as well as finding new ways to reduce bottom impacts. However, the results of that work aren’t always shared widely enough. This workshop seeks to bring together members of the fishing industry with gear mod experts and researchers to discuss modifications from the West Coast, Alaska and beyond. The hope is to provide a forum where fishermen can ask technical questions, share their experiences, and learn from each other about what’s worked and what hasn’t. The goal is to help fishermen decide if modifications that reduce fuel costs, bycatch, and impacts might work for their business.


The workshop will be held at the Hallmark Hotel in Newport. It will begin with an opening reception and dinner on Tuesday, July 26th. It will end on the afternoon of Thursday the 28th. The schedule runs from approxmately 8:30 to 5:00 on Wednesday, and 8:30 to 4:30 on Thursday, not including scheduled breakfasts and dinners. All meals will be provided for participants beginning with dinner on Tuesday evening through lunch on Thursday. There is no fee to attend.


A Steering Committee is currently inviting speakers to participate in panels at the fishermen-focused workshop. The workshop will have a series of panel discussions on different topics related to trawl gear modification, including bycatch reduction, reducing bottom impacts and drag, the use of udnerwater electronics, and management issues. If yo uare interested in presenting or have suggestions for topics related to non-whiting groudnfish trawl, please contact EDF at the email address below. A full program will be available before the start of the workshop.

This workshop is funded by the Environmental Defense Fund.

To RSVP, provide suggestions for topics or if you have questions, please contact Katherine Mah, at