These conferences are held every 3 to 5 years. Participation has risen and held at approximately 200 lobster biologists, oceanographers, lobstermen, and fisheries managers coming from 20 countries. Subsequent ICWLs have been held in Saint Andrews, Canada (1985); La Habana, Cuba (1990); Sanriku, Japan (1993); Queenstown, New Zealand (1997); Key West, Florida USA (2000); Hobart, Australia (2004); Charlottetown, PEI, Canada (2007); Bergen, Norway (2011); and Cancun, Mexico (2014).
Check out the schedule of events here: http://www.11thicwl.com/schedule–program.html
Also relevant is Industry Day
Science & Industry Day
This day of the conference is organized and led by leaders in the fishing industry. We hope that fishermen, dealers, and others in the lobster fishing industry will consider joining us. If you would like to suggest sessions of interest to industry or speakers we should consider inviting, please contact one of the members of the Industry Day Technical Committee: Curt Brown of Ready Seafood Company & Co-Chair, Patrice McCarron of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, Beth Casoni of the MA Lobstermen’s Association, Cathy Billings of The Lobster Institute, or Jean Lavallee from Canada’s Aquatic Sciences & Health Services.
Current plans for the day include:
Opening Remarks by Pat Keliher (Commissioner, Maine DMR) & David Cousens (Lobsterman & MLA President)
Session on Collaborative Research:
- New Zealand Representatives
- Anna Malek (CFRF)
- Melanie Giffin (PEI Fishermen’s Association)
- Shannon Tibbets (or other FSRS Representative)
- Bob Bayer (The Lobster Institute)
Session on Industry/Market Perspectives:
- Dave Casoni (Lobsterman)
- Brendan Ready (Ready Seafood)
- John Garland (Clearwater Seafood)
- Josh Stoll (UMaine)
- Luke Holden (Luke’s Lobster)
- Frank Sun – pending
Many thanks to Daryl Sykes of the New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council for helping to sponsor this day.