Sea Grant scholar to study lobster fishing

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 11:26

The Maine Sea Grant Scholar Program supports graduate students in the Marine Science/Marine Policy dual-degree program at the University of Maine. We've asked scholars to provide periodic updates on their work. Here's a report from one of our new students, Mackenzie Mazur, who is working with Teresa Johnson and Yong Chen.

Photo of Mackenzie MazurI started graduate work at the University of Maine in September, and I have already learned so much and have started to plan my research with my advisors. For my biology project, I plan to model fishery efficiency of the Maine lobster fishery with different levels of fishing effort, and for my policy project, I plan to research economic and social resilience of the Maine lobster fishery.

So far, I have done a lot of reading on the subjects, and I attended a lobster fishery community meeting in Ellsworth. At the meeting, I learned more about the current issues in the lobster fishery and enjoyed the conversation among those in the lobster fishing community.

In the near future, I will start to model fishery efficiency, and I also plan to attend more lobster meetings, such as the zone council meetings. Once I learn more about the lobster fishery, I will eventually interview lobstermen and others involved in the lobster fishery.

I am excited to learn more about the lobster fishery and dive more into my research!