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Stock status update of American Lobster in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 36 & 38
Regional Peer Review - Maritimes Region
September 25, 2023
Chairperson: Rabindra Singh
Commercial Lobster fishing in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 36 and 38 takes place in the Bay of Fundy. Landings in LFAs 36 and 38 began a long-term increase in the mid-1990s and current landings are near record highs (Cook et al. In prep.). This increase in landings also occurred in most of the Gulf of Maine region, as well as many other LFAs in Atlantic Canada. The status of the Lobster resource in LFAs 36 and 38 to the end of the 2018-2019 season was assessed in October 2019 (DFO 2021). The 2019 assessment followed the methods outlined in the January 2019 Framework (Cook et al. In prep.) which recommended standardized Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE) as the primary stock status indicator. Upper Stock References (USRs) and Limit Reference Points (LRPs) were derived for the primary indicator for each LFA. Secondary indicators of landings, effort, and DFO RV (Fisheries and Oceans Canada Research Vessel) survey trends for the Bay of Fundy strata were also estimated. This regional Science Response process updates these indicators to the end of the 2022-2023 fishing season.
The objectives of this regional Science Response process are to update the primary and secondary stock status indicators where information is available. Stock status will be defined based on the estimate of CPUE relative to the USRs and LRPs.
- Science Response
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
- Science DFO Resource Management
- DFO. 2021. Assessment of Lobster (Homarus americanus) in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 35–38. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2021/020.
- Cook, A.M., Hubley, P.B., Howse, V., and Denton, C. 2023. 2019 Framework Assessment of American Lobster (Homarus americanus) in LFA 34–38. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2023/075. In Press.
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