The Commercial Fisheries Research Center


In response to gaps in data collection and monitoring from the science community, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) was started in 2004 by commercial fishermen. CFRF is a non-profit, private foundation that conducts collaborative fisheries research as well as educational projects. Through their work, CFRF aims to achieve sustainable fisheries for commercial fishers, consumers of seafood, and the public. This work is carried out by soliciting input on research, developing industry based data collection programs, facilitating the development of working partnerships, and communicating the results of their research to the public.

CFRF works with approximately fifty fishermen to research various fisheries including crab, whelk, black sea bass, and scallops. Some ongoing goals of CFRF include filling data gaps, communicating the science to fishers and consumers, creating opportunities in the fishing industry, recovering ghost gear, and more. The team at the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation currently has twenty-six active projects. The research that these fishermen contribute to directly impacting the fisheries management that they partake in. CFRF is based out of Rhode Island, but their work spans to much of New England.

Learn more about the work of CFRF here

Meet CFRF Executive Director:

Dave Bethoney

Dave became the Executive Director of CFRF in March of 2020. In his day-to-day work, Dave oversees groups of researchers conducting various projects, as well as applying for funding, aiding the fishermen and their success, and working to further connections. He says that his favorite part of the job is getting to see his team achieve successful outcomes with meaningful impacts. Dave wants CFRF to be a catalyst and bridge to the science behind fisheries. He would like the public to know that CFRF is an educational resource that is available to them. Dave got into his line of work because he wanted to pursue his interest in science while simultaneously helping the industry.

Recipe of the month!

Buying Direct off the boat in Galilee

What better way to support local fishermen than buying your crustaceans directly off the boats? The fleet in Galilee sells lobster and crab direct off the dock. When available, you can stop by and find various fishermen selling their catch. It is recommended that you text prior to arriving to check availability. 

Upcoming events

August 10: National Oyster Day at Narragansett Brewery

Join us in celebrating National Oyster Day at Narragansett Brewery from 4-8 PM.

August 18: Fishes at the Fort Dinner

Mark your calendars for August 18th.

More information and tickets:

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September 16: 7th Annual Rhode Island Calamari Festival

11:00 AM- 4:00 PM

One of Narragansett's largest events, serving more than 1,000 pounds of calamari, enjoy tastings from local restaurants, live music, and local artisans.

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September 16-17: 13th Annual RI Seafood Festival

Where: India Point Park in Providence

The RI Seafood Fest is an annual event that brings together purveyors of seafoods and more!

September 23: Warren Quahog Festival

Where: Burr Hill Park

540 Water St. Warren RI

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

October 7: 9th Annual Ocean State Oyster Festival

1-7 PM River Walk Park, Providence, RI

Celebrate and recognize the oyster as a treasured natural resource in Rhode Island with the largest collection of oyster farms from the Ocean State assembled at one time.

October 14-15: 32nd Annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Fest

This is a FREE event and takes place rain or shine. Honoring the "harvest of the sea" you can expect to find fresh local seafood.


Fisheries Marketing Specialist

C: (619) 278-8275

RI Seafood Marketing Collaborative Website

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