DV-05-004 Investigating the Efficacy of Lobster Nurseries for Stock Assessment

Brian F. Beal
Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education

PO Box 83
Beals, ME 04611

One strategy used by fisheries managers seeking to enhance wild lobster stocks is to raise lobsters in a laboratory and then release the larvae in large numbers. An experimental approach at the Downeast Institute transfers hatchery-grown lobsters to nursery field cages. This research project will determine how lobster growth and survival varies with initial size, stocking density, location, and nursery container.

1-year project: $5,000