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Lobster stock enhancement experiment - FC0303

R&D Summary Objectives:- Assess the feasibility of enhancing wild lobster stocks in Bridlington Bay and determine the practical application and potential economic viability. Key customer purpose:- Precompetitive R&D on lobster stock enhancement. Improved management of wild stocks.
1. To test whether juvenile hatchery reared lobsters placed directly on lobster habitat should survive into the commercial size range and be catchable by fishermen. (Many have so far been found to survive.) 2. To measure pre-recruit growth and survival rates. 3. To quantify the number and catch rate of legal sized lobsters from each batch landed commercially. 4. To test whether there is dispersion and migration of hatchery lobsters out of the experimental area. 5. To assess the biological, technical and geographical scope for the practical application of enhancement and ranching concepts, and to attempt to determine their potential economic viability. 6. To establish applications, guidelines and provisions for ownership.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1990

To: 1996

Cost: £286,701
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Shellfish Stocks              
Stock Conservation              
Fields of Study
Fish Health and Aquaculture