Coonamessett Farm Inc. Research Projects
The following research projects were conducted by Coonamessett Farm Inc. (CF) from 1991 to 2008 prior to the establishment of Coonamessett Farm Foundation Inc. (CFF). Visit each project page to read a project summary, view pictures, and access the final report. All available CF final reports can also be found on our Final Reports Page.
Uruguay Scallop Fishery Development (5/28/1992) - Project Title: Uruguay Scallop Fishery Development Year: 1991 Client: BIVAR S. A., Montevideo, Uruguay Click to download final report PDF This project, conducted in the spring of 1991, entailed the development of a scallop fishery off the coast of Uruguay. BIVAR, whose vessels fished for hake, hired Coonamessett Farm to investigate the potential of a scallop resource. This involved the development of a scallop trawl, explorations to determine the location and size of the resource, and creation of a harvesting and processing system. Deep-water Fishing Potential Off Southern New England (1/31/1996) - Project Title: Deep-water Fishing Potential Off Southern New England Year: 1994-1995 Client: Michigan Fishing Corporation, Fairhaven, MA Click to download final report PDF, click to download references PDF Coonamessett Farm used the F/V Contender (length = 35m) operating out of Fairhaven, MA, to conduct twelve exploratory fishing and gear-development trips (90 DAS) to the upper continental shelf waters off Southern New England and the Middle Atlantic Bight from November 1994 to November 1995. The gear consisted of commercial bottom trawls and towing depths ranged from 200 to 1800 m. Commercial landings from these trips included monkfish, grey sole, squid, royal ...read more Year Round Salad Mix Production (4/22/1996) - Project Title: Year Round Salad Mix Production Year: 1996 Client: Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture Click to download final report PDF Coonamessett Farm operates a typical small scale farm that grows vegetables, small fruit, cutting flowers, herbs, bedding plants, etc. The products are sold at farmer's markets and directly to restaurants. One product offered is a salad mix made up of young as well as mature leaves of many varieties of lettuce and greens. This is a very profitable item during the good growing seasons of spring and fall. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts funded Coonamessett Farm to demonstrate ...read more Oceanic Squid Fishery (11/29/1996) - Project Title: Oceanic Squid Fishery Year: 1996 Client: K&T Fishing Corporation, Fairhaven, MA Click to download final report PDF Coonamessett Farm Foundation conducted research aboard the F/V Perseverance, operating out of Fairhaven, MA, to conduct nine exploratory fishing trips for unexploited oceanic squid resources east of the continental shelf waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic. The trips took place from September through November 1996. The vessel was outfitted with lights and electronic jigging machines. The objective was to determine the economic feasibility of a commercial fishery for oceanic squid using existing large offshore vessels by assessing species availability, distribution, ...read more Offshore Squid Jigging (1/31/1997) - Project Title: Offshore Squid Jigging Year: 1997 Client: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Coonamessett Farm, working with the F/V Sandra Jane, continued the exploratory jigging for the neon flying squid we discovered while working under a grant from the Federal S-K program. The work consisted of two cruises in June and August of 1997 to further identify the seasonal distribution of this squid species. Cultivation of Beach Plums for Commercial Fruit Production (5/6/1997) - Project Title: Cultivation of Beach Plums for Commercial Fruit Production Year: 1997 Client: Barnstable County Cooperature Extension, Massachusetts Coonamessett Farm cooperated with Barnstable County Extension and Cornell University to examine the potential of commercially cultivating beach plums, Prunus maritima. This entailed an extensive literature search on the beach plum covering all aspects of its propagation and culture and producing a practical manual based on the results. A small scale propagation program for beach plums was set up at Coonamessett Farm and is still in production. Seeds and root cuttings from the most promising wild plants found on Cape Cod ...read more Sea Scallop Dredge Finfish Excluder (8/30/1997) - Project Title: Results of Gear Modification Tests to Reduce Bycatches of Commercial Finfish in Sea Scallop Dredges Year: 1997 Client: SER Enterprises, Fairhaven, MA Click to download final report Coonamessett Farm Foundation used several New Bedford commercial scallop vessels to develop and demonstrate means to reduce finfish bycatch in the sea scallop fishery. The project entailed designing and testing of gear modifications, underwater video documentation, and analysis of the economic implications of bycatch reduction. The project resulted in the design of a ten-inch twine top that significantly reduced flatfish bycatch and was implemented as a gear requirement under Amendment ...read more Land Testing of Gill Net Modifications (1/29/1998) - Project Title: Land Testing of Gill Net Modifications Year: 1998 Client: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Click to download final report For this project, a land testing facility was set up at Coonamessett Farm to test and record loads placed on gill nets. These field trials utilized this facility and consisted of one day of mobilization and three days of gear testing. More than two dozen trials were conducted in which loads were recorded on each end of the float line and lead line as well as the simulated whale loading. Weak link devices tested included knotted line, light ...read more Greenhouse Polyculture System (3/31/1998) - Project Title: Greenhouse Polyculture System Year: 1998 Client: Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture Click to download final report PDF This project entailed the design, construction, and operation of a modified ebb and flow system that can be used to demonstrate the commercial viability of raising greenhouse crops (bedding plants and field transplants) and aquatic crops (crayfish, baitfish, ornamental fish) with the same equipment. A new technology from Japan, Bio-cord, was tested as a means of maintaining water quality in the closed system. The cord is basically a core covered with many rings of thread that provides a large ...read more Gill Net Survey (8/6/1998) - Project Title: Gill Net Survey Year: 1998 Client: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Click to download final report PDF Coonamessett Farm was contracted to survey the Massachusetts Gill Net Fleet to determine the characteristics of the bottom set gill nets in use within that fleet. The primary focus was on the type of float line and anchoring systems employed. Samples of float line were taken from nets in use and tested for breaking strength. Additionally, several vessels were contracted to test float line weak links as part of this project.