We have received funding from the NS Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, from ECBC and from the Student Employment Program of the NS Economic and Rural Development.
In LFA27, there are 3 students collecting at-sea samples for the LFA27 Management Board. 2 of the students are hired by the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society (FSRS) and one by the LFA27 Management Board. They are all going out on lobster boats from Bay St. Lawrence to Louisbourg and sampling everything caught in the traps -- from undersized lobster to berried females and everything in between. They take size measurements and sex them. They are also noting by-catch -- we don't have much by-catch here, but have no proof. Their work for the FSRS is the lobster node project -- sampling of berried females. Each berried female is measured and the eggs are staged and comments are noted.
Alice Gaudet is covering the area from Bay St. Lawrence to Smokey. She has come on board recently and will continue after the season to sample lobster larvae in False Bay.
The results will be presented at general meetings of the LFA27 Management Board in the fall of 2011. We look forward to your comments!