Surveys and research projects

In this page, regional fishery bodies (RFBs) are expected to contribute summaries of relevant surveys and research projects, focusing on data collection of VMEs. Information will be collected on survey/research type, area, leading organization, and references to sources. 


Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)

Example research surveys in the NAFO Regulatory Area that collect data on VMEs

Contact: Chair, NAFO Scientific Council

Survey name

Lead organization

NAFO divisions

Data type


Report (if available)

Spanish 3NO Survey

Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Vigo, Spain


Trawl bycatch

Annual survey

Yellowtail flounder, redfish (Sebastes spp.), and witch flounder indices - report

Greenland halibut, American plaice, and Atlantic cod - report

EU Flemish Cap Survey

Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Vigo, Spain; Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas; Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera


Trawl bycatch

Annual survey

Groundfish Assemblages on Flemish Cap - report

Spanish 3L Survey

Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Vigo, Spain


Trawl bycatch

Annual survey

Results for the Spanish Survey in the NAFO Regulatory Area of Division 3L for the period 2003 – 2013 - report

DFO NL Multispecies Surveys

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Trawl bycatch

Annual survey

2014 assessment of Northern Shrimp - report

Assessment of Thorny Skate - report

Benthic Surveys

Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Underwater imagery, grab samples, project-specific sampling tools

Regular surveys with a targeted research focus


Spain, Canada, United Kingdom, Russian Federation


Multibeam bathymetry, box corer samples, benthic dredge samples

2009-2010 multidisciplinary surveys targeting VME areas in the NRA