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Sale of monkfish will pay for science to study them

March 20, 2020 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — An Arizona university will be able to use money generated from the sale of monkfish to study the monster-like sea creatures.

Monkfish are harvested as food off the East Coast, where they are brought to land in states such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine. The New England Fishery Management Council said a program called the “research set-aside” will allow Arizona State University to use new tagging technology to investigate the movements of the fish.

The university will collaborate with the New England Aquarium on the project, which is valued at about $4.2 million. The research set-aside program generates money for science from the harvest and sale of fish that are “set aside” for this purpose.

Another program will help scientists from University of Delaware use deep-learning image analysis to detect monkfish from seabed imagery. That value of that award is more than $1 million. The awards are for 2020 and 2021 for both projects.