NOAA awards $2 million to Maine lobster programs

Sep 11, 2019

Augusta — Maine's congressional delegation, Republican Sen. Susan Collins, independent Sen. Angus King, and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, who represent the 1st and 2nd districts, respectively, announced Tuesday, Sept. 11, that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program has awarded $2 million to support a range of research projects to advance understanding of the American lobster, as well as to support regional lobster extension programs. The projects being funded will address increased understanding of life history parameters including migration, growth and maturity; larval studies and early biology; spatial distribution and socio-economic lessons learned from southern New England as they pertain to Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine.

Of the seven awards announced, four will be supporting research conducted by Maine-based institutions.

UMaine researchers will lead two of the projects, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will spearhead two more projects.

Also, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will conduct research related to the potential influence of increased water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine on the distribution of female lobsters and the impacts of these distribution shifts on larval recruitment.

In addition to new baseline research, Sea Grant is launching a regional lobster extension program designed to work with communities to link lobster research with the industry, resource managers, and other stakeholders across the Northeast.

Maine Sea Grant, along with the 33 other NOAA Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states, will provide leadership and overall coordination for the effort, and the New Hampshire, MIT, Woods Hole, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York Sea Grant programs will lead locally relevant components that contribute to the regional effort. These programs will each lead extension activities to both serve local needs and contribute to the collective goals and objectives of the Regional Lobster Extension Program.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Sep 11, 2019 13:47

Research is good and Maine Lobstermen could use a helping hand perhaps. Just so the local lobster fisherman gets the information and has control of his/her operations. Sounds good! Would love to know just how the local lobsterman feels.

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