Berried Lobster Tagging Project in Grand Manan

Help us track berried lobsters!

GMWSRS (Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station), phone # (506-662-3804) is conducting a berried lobster tagging project that will be carried out this fall/winter in LFA 38. Each tag has GMWSRS contact info and a unique number, one for each lobster. They are interested in knowing where lobstermen might see these females. Please record (or take a photo) of the number, and the location, and send them to us (by phone or or email Koopman.heather@gmail.com) they would be very appreciative!

Please leave the tags to on the lobsters and throw them back again with the tags on after they see them.

The last full-scale study like this was done in the 1980s. Berried females were shown to move from Grand Manan to Nova Scotia and even as far as Cape Cod. We would like to see if these patterns are still similar.

What are we doing?

  •   Attaching yellow numbered zip ties to claws of berried females from around Grand Manan
  •   Asking lobster fishermen to report when and where they see which band number if females come up in traps – and to leave the band on the lobster (to see where she will go next)!

Why are we doing this?

  •   Determine where berried females of different sizes migrate to throughout the fall/winter/spring
  •   Follow up to 1980’s tagging work, which showed some berried females can move >100 km, as well as some tagging we did in 2011-12
  •   Ocean temperatures and the fishery have changed in the last 30 years – do berried females still move around as much?  Or are they more restricted?

How are we asking you to help?

  •   Let your crew know about our study and keep your eyes out for numbered yellow bands on females – they look like this:
  •   If you see one, please note the number on the tag, the date, and your location, and toss her back with the tag still on
  •   Report your information:  data sheet (available from fisheries association) or by phone (506-662-3804) or email – koopman.heather@gmail.com
Berried-Female-Lobster-Movement-Study-FORM_Nov-2019

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