Friday, December 17, 2010

Students return to the lobster saving business

Two years ago, students were sent out on lobster boats to notch, and thus protect, Long Island Sound's diminishing supply of female lobsters. Then state funding for the project ran dry. This winter, the program is returning in a scaled-down fashion. Instead of students going out in search of lobsters, the lobsters will be delivered to them by lobstermen.

"It's the second generation," said John Curtis, director of the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture School. He said students from Aquaculture and the Sound School in New Haven will, during the school day and in a laboratory setting, mark previously harvested female lobsters by clipping their tail and recording sizes. The clipped lobsters will then be returned to the Sound on the research vessels. The notch will ensure the lobster has a year or two to grow and reproduce before being harvested. Read more...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.
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