September 15, 2020
Hood College is a collaborating institution on a National Sea Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for research on lobster larvae in Maine.
The project has received $326,556 in funding with $108,575 to Hood College to survey the distribution of lobster larvae and their zooplankton prey in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. This collaboration, led by the Atlantic Offshore Lobsterman’s Association (AOLA), will also include partnerships with the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game.
“This effort will improve our understanding of the relationship between the abundance of reproductive lobsters and larval settlement, which supports the fishery,” said Eric Annis, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, who will lead Hood’s portion of the project. “Our part will include analyzing the zooplankton and lobster larvae samples collected during the survey. We are interested in learning more about the larval stages and their food sources because there is evidence that climate change may be altering the food web of the Gulf of Maine and reducing the success of lobster larvae.”