11th Int’l Conference on Lobster Biology & Management

June 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – June 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring St
Portland, ME 04101

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

The Science & Industry Day offers an opportunity for lobstermen, lobster dealers and distributors, biologists, and managers from around the world to get together to talk about how lobster populations are responding to our changing oceans.  Sharing of ideas amongst these groups can help pinpoint new areas of research, encourage collaborations between scientists and fishermen who are out on the sea every day, and can help managers better respond to the needs of both lobster populations and those reliant on such populations for a living.

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.

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