Regional Lobster Research and Outreach Summit

Maine Sea Grant hosted the ALI’s second Regional Lobster Research and Outreach Summit in Portland, Maine, from February 12-13, 2024. The event brought the network together to share research updates, receive feedback from partners, and embark on new collaborative research and extension projects. Please click on the links below to access meeting materials for the 2024 Summit, as well as materials produced following our previous network meetings in 2022 and 2023.

  • To view the 2024 Summit Materials, please click here.
  • To view the 2023 Summit Materials, please click here.
  • To view the 2022 Virtual Meeting Materials, please click here.

Interactive StoryMap Collection: A Fishery in a Sea of Change

American lobsters (Homarus americanus) are resilient creatures, but they are experiencing rapid changes to their ocean environment. In 2021, three researchers participating in the Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative (ALI) compiled the latest science explaining how warming waters in the Gulf of Maine impact lobsters at all life stages – from egg to adult.

Building upon this effort, team members from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Sea Grant pulled together information from 24 of the 31 research projects funded through the ALI into a collection of StoryMaps. These stories are organized around six thematic categories: reproduction, larvae and juveniles, growth, predation and pressures, socioeconomic shifts, and gear. 

To view this information, check out the StoryMap Collection they have put together. The collection will be updated as the research teams generate results and will expand to include newly-funded projects as well.

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Collaborative Chats

View Recordings

Media Kit

Boilerplate language about the project

The Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program, is addressing critical knowledge gaps about American lobster and its iconic fishery in a dynamic and changing environment. The initiative, which began in 2019, supports both scientific research and a regional Sea Grant extension program in the Northeast U.S. Together, the research and extension components of this initiative will develop and share new knowledge and understanding with industry stakeholders and resource managers from Maine to New York.

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close up of a lobster's head
MITLobster photo, credit MIT

photo of many banded lobsters in shallow water
Photo: Chris BartlettLobsters photo, credit Chris Bartlett

close up of banded lobster
Photo: Mike Ross, UNH Photographic Services Lobster photo, credit Mike Ross

stacked lobster traps
Photo: Kathlyn Tenga-GonzálezLobster traps photo, credit Kathlyn Tenga-González

lobster boat sailing
Photo: Rebecca IrelanLobster vessel, photo Rebecca Irelan

lobsterman holding a lobster in each hand in front of a sign reading 'Lobster and Crabs at "off the boat" prices'
Photo: RI Sea GrantLobsterman photo courtesy RI Sea Grant

lobster with scientific equipment strapped to body
Photo: Mike Ross, UNH Photographic ServicesLobster research photo, Mike Ross

lobster held in gloved hands
Photo: Rebecca IrelanLobster on vessel photo, credit Rebecca Irelan