Characterizing the lobster fishery for future use in ocean planning

Characterizing the lobster fishery for future use in ocean planning

This webinar originally aired on 18 October 2016.

The Island Institute recently published a report offering a non-spatial characterization of the Maine lobster fishery to inform the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning process. The lobster fishery is the fourth largest fishery in the US, and 90% of the domestic lobster catch comes from Maine waters. Currently, understanding of how the lobster fishery uses New England’s ocean waters is incomplete because of limited mapping at various scales. For this report, lobstermen from the seven Maine lobster management zones were interviewed about how they fish throughout the year, their perspectives on how lobster fishing has changed in the last 15 to 20 years, how they approach new ocean uses and ocean planning, and how they adapt to increased efforts in their fishing areas. This study provides a framework for providing key contextual information on fishermen’s concerns for other data poor industries, such as the tuna fishery. The full report is available at

This webinar was presented by Nick Battista and Rebecca Clark Uchenna of the Island Institute; it was co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and and MEAM.


The volume of Lobster population has been decreased dramatically in the Caribbean of Nicaragua (Atlantic Ocean) where fishermen and authorities do not know about the cause of the problem. Is there any possibility to extend and apply a lobster characterization program and ocean planning in Nicaragua with the support of ...maybe USAID or ...NOAA ... or any other research center? ...A post about the Webinar was published on October 18 in  Dos Mares Facebook.  Thank you for your answer.

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