Lobster Aquaculture Breakthrough
Brian Beal, the director of research at Downeast Institute in Beals, may have just discovered a breakthrough in the practice of lobster aquaculture. Although the lobster industry in Maine is generally considered healthy (last year, for the first time ever, lobstermen caught over one hundred million pounds), scientists have been hatching tiny lobsters, trying to develop a way to replenish the stock should it become depleted. There has been no way to know if these lobsters (less than a dime in size) have survived in the wild, or even just during the trip to the bottom of the ocean floor.
The Bangor Daily News reports that Beal has come up with a way to grow lobsters to larger sizes before releasing them into the ocean. This helps their ability to reach the ocean floor, and thus their chance of survival. He has also developed a way to tag them to see whether they are prospering. Such findings could have a significant impact on the lobster industry should the overall catch become depleted. Read more about Beal's breakthrough and what it means for Maine.