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Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable

The Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable brings together Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists, Indigenous partners, academic and research institutions, industry organizations and provincial government representatives from the Maritimes and Quebec to discuss important lobster science research questions and priorities, identify new areas of work, how to effectively work together, and engage others in the process.

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Purpose and objectives

The Roundtable will work together to increase scientific collaboration that generates and shares knowledge of American lobster.

Their objectives are to:

  • Establish a venue to complement current and create new collaborative science on lobster
  • Develop a common picture of important lobster science research questions
  • Identify areas of work to address knowledge gaps
  • Increase awareness of results from research and monitoring activities focused on lobster

Areas of focus

The Roundtable will initially focus on the following themes:

  • Ecosystem and Climate Change
    • Research areas could include: lobster productivity, distribution, temperature effects on lobster mobility, range and catchability, shell disease
  • Lobster Biology and Ecology
    • Research areas could include: size at maturity, timing of reproduction, moult, reproductive success, and survivorship
  • Population Structure and Connectivity
    • Research areas could include: movement into and out of Lobster Fishing Areas and the related effects on lobster populations over time
  • Studies to Inform Sustainable Harvest
    • Research areas could include: estimates of fishing mortality, effects of harvest methods (handling, gear, or bait, scientific research to inform socio-economic studies, use of Indigenous traditional knowledge)

If you would like to contribute ideas or comments on lobster science, please contact DFO.LobsterScience-Scienceduhomard.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Lobster science

Fisheries and Oceans Canada uses data from research studies and assessments, scientific monitoring, and information collected by harvesters to assess the overall health of lobster stocks.

Stock assessment information is peer-reviewed by scientists and published online as a science advisory report:

The Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable will help build upon existing knowledge and partnerships, and create new opportunities to collaborate and increase the body of knowledge on lobster science.

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