As many of you in the Northeast fishing community know, NEAMAP is an extremely important survey for our fisheries but couldn't be done without Jim and Bobby Ruhle and the F/V Darana R. This year, after suffering a major fire, Jim and Bobby worked incredibly hard to get the boat repaired and ready to go for the spring survey. It was a big struggle, but they did it for all of us and our fisheries. This letter ( see text below) is a chance to say thank you for all their hard work and dedication during this difficult time. Please sign and pass along to any and all in the Northeast fishing community, including fishermen, fishing vessels, shoreside support businesses, dealers, docks and marinas, fishing associations, etc.! When we get enough signatures, we will present it to Jim and Bobby- hopefully so that they have it on board for the fall survey! Please put the name of your vessel, business, affiliation, or organization in the Comments section if applicable! Thank you!
Text of letter:
Captain James Ruhle and Robert Ruhle
F/V Darana R
Dear Jimmy and Bobby,
We are writing to thank you both for your hard work, perseverance and sacrifice that makes the NEAMAP survey possible. It has been termed the “gold standard” of cooperative/collaborative fisheries surveys, and has improved the assessments of several Mid Atlantic and Southern New England species, including black sea bass, butterfish, longfin squid, scup and summer flounder, and others. NEAMAP could never have achieved that standard or these successes without your tireless dedication. We know that this has not been an easy year for you, and that making this year’s spring survey happen took an incredible amount of effort on your part. All of us wish to express our deepest gratitude for all that you do and for keeping NEMAP the first class survey that it is.