The Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation has supported the Environmental Monitoring on Lobster Traps (eMOLT) project since 2003. The eMOLT project is a not for profit collaboration of industry, science, and academics devoted to monitoring of the physical environment of the Gulf of Maine and the Southern New England shelf.
In a series of phases funded by the Northeast Consortium beginning in 2001, we developed low-cost strategies to measure bottom temperature, salinity, and current velocity with the help of nearly 100 lobstermen dispersed along the entire New England coast.
eMOLT in Real-time
Description of the system: http://www.gomlf.org/emolt/description_of_system/
The current system utilizes a wireless water temperature & depth sensor with a low-cost off the shelf computer and a vessel mounted data satellite telemetry system. Data sheets: Sensor and Data Logger | Internet Gateway Deck Box with Satellite Communications Package