DV-17-07 International Conference and Workshops on Lobster Biology & Management

Richard Wahle
School of Marine Sciences
University of Maine

Kari Lavalli
Boston University

The ICWL began in 1977 when a group of 37 lobster biologists from six countries met in Perth, Australia, to discuss and compare their work on lobster ecology, physiology, and early stock management protocols, and to find common themes among the different species, all of which were fished commercially. The June 2017 meeting in Portland, Maine, provided an opportunity to highlight the singular Homarus americanus fishery – and share the information obtained from local research (much of which has been funded by Sea Grant). The conference provided an opportunity for some 250 participants to share information about both the decline of the lobster fisheries in southern New England states and the contrasting abundance in northern New England, as well as discuss shared global concerns such as climate change impacts and adaptation, emergence of new pathogens in the marine environment, and the challenges posed by the now global trade in lobster. Science plays a critical role in understanding fisheries both from the biological perspective, as well as the social and policy perspectives. Attendees learned the state of knowledge on all aspects of lobster fisheries around the world.

Sea Grant funds $2,500