In 2004, lobster harvesters, buyers, dealers, processors and scientists in LFA 33 and 34 teamed together to investigate lobster moult timing. Lobster moulting was impacting the lobster industry in Nova Scotia due to the lack of market ready lobster that were being caught. This is due to the soft and less meat filled shell of a recently moulted lobster. The team of researchers, wanted to find out if moult timing could be predicted. To do this, scientists sampled lobsters both pre and post fishing season and collected data on blood protein, shell-hardness and moult stage.
The goals of this project were to understand the biological moult cycle of lobster and collect data to assist in better fishing practices relating to market ready lobster.
Results and Reports
Additional information and results are available on the website at www.lobstermoult.ca.