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Project by Acadia University students is learning more about lobster in the area

By Jakob Postlewaite Dec 1, 2022 | 3:44 PM

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Students at Acadia University are working to learn more about southwest Nova Scotia’s lobster population.

They’re tagging lobster during the off season that are later recaptured to get a better idea of their migration patterns.

Marco Turner is a master’s student working on the project and discussed what they’ve learned so far.

“In the winter they tend to move to deeper offshore areas and in the summer you find them in shallower more inshore zones,” says Turner. “That’s probably one of our biggest findings so far and hopefully our recapture data will continue to support that.”

He adds they’re also learning more about lobster stocks in the region.

“How many lobster are caught and where they’re caught to come up with an estimate of whether or not the populations of lobster are doing alright off of Nova Scotia,” says Turner. “We’re actually finding that they’re doing pretty well.”

The students are working with the Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association on the project.

Turner says they’re relying on local harvesters to recapture the lobsters and let them know where they found them.

Anyone who finds one of the tagged lobster is asked to contact the email address on the tags – lobster@acadiau.ca

Learn more about the project here.

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