Hood College has received funding to collaborate on a research project focusing on lobster larvae in Maine.

The project has received $326,556 in total funding, and Hood College specifically received $108,575 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to survey the distribution of lobster larvae and their zooplankton prey in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, according to a press release.

Hood is partnering on the project with NOAA, the Atlantic Offshore Lobsterman’s Association, the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game.

The funding will allow undergraduate student workers to assist in processing samples and will also support one graduate student who will develop a master’s thesis using the data collected.

Eric Annis, associate professor of biology, who will lead Hood’s portion of the project, said he and others involved are interested in analyzing lobster larvae because there is evidence that climate change may be affecting them and their food sources.

“This effort will improve our understanding of the relationship between the abundance of reproductive lobsters and larval settlement, which supports the fishery,” Annis said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to engage Hood students in hands-on, scientific research experience with practical application in fisheries management." 

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The greatest concern on our planet right now....(shakes head)


"The American lobster fishery is one of the most valuable fisheries along the Atlantic coast. In 2018, 147.6 million pounds of lobster were landed coastwide, representing a $630 million ex-vessel value. The vast majority of these landings came from GOM/GBK, where the stock is at record high abundance. In contrast, there has been an overall decrease in the percentage of landings from the SNE stock, which is depleted and experiencing recruitment failure."


Maybe not the greatest concern on the planet fight now jwhamann, but that fishery is seeing a significant decline due to global warming. Don't you think that somebody should study it, and try to protect it? If so, why not Hood? The numbers above are for the fishery alone, not the later retail sales at restaurant supply houses and restaurant sales to diners, which run into the billions.


The lobster industry supports families/towns/other industries like tourism and sales.


[thumbup] exactly Deb.


You are all correct. Sorry about my comments. It’s just that the headline was one you’d read in the Onion.

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