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Lobster and crab catchability studies in the vicinity of the artificial reef in Poole Bay. - MF0210

R&D Summary Objectives:- Examine the quantitative relationship between fishing effort and fishing mortality in lobster stocks, including the interaction between animal density and trap density. Key Key Customer Purpose:- Enable MAFF to consider appropriate lobster management policies such as effort limiation.
1 To observe, describe and measure the frequency and range of lobster and crab foraging behaviour; the encounter rate with experimentally deployed traps; and the behaviourial interaction and other factors governing entry into and retention by traps. 2. Compare experimental observations of catchability on the reef with commercial rate information obtained from seagoing visits on local lobster fishing vessels and using catch rate information obtained from DFR logbook scheme 3. Compare lobster growth rates using increment data obtained from tag recapture studies
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1992

To: 1994

Cost: £95,952
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Southampton
Shellfish Stocks              
Stock Conservation              
Fields of Study
Marine Fisheries