A Fisherman-Scientist Collaboration to Re-assess Lobster Nurseries in Narragansett Bay After Two Decades of Environmental Change

  • Program: Southern New England Collaborative Research Initiative (SNECRI)     
  • Total Amount Awarded: $199,427
  • Project Duration: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013     
  • Status: Completed

Project Team:

  • Richard Wahle, Ph.D, University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences
  • Lanny Dellinger, President, Rhode Island Lobstermen's Association
  • Scott Olszewski, Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife

Project Summary:

In this two-year project, the project team will partner with Rhode Island lobster fishermen to evaluate how the abundance of lobster and associated fauna in the nurseries has changed from a time of historic highs to the current period of historic lows, and determine the suitability of different parts of the Bay as a lobster nursery. The team will conduct a retrospective nursery assessment, compare sampling methods, explore potential nursery sites of interest, and conduct a survival and growth assessment.

project documents:

Peer-Reviewed Publication: Whale, R.A., Dellinger, L., Olszewski, S., Jekielek, P. 2015. American lobster nurseries of southern New England receding in the face of climate change. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Final Report, Part 1

Final Report, Part 2

Science Peer Reviewer Comments   

Click here to view a presentation given at the October 25, 2011 Research Session.

Click here to view a handout provided at the October 25, 2011 Research Session highlighting the Lobster Nurseries Project.

Click here to view the presentation given at the November 7, 2013 Research Session.

Click here to view a handout provided at the November 7, 2013 Research

Related articles:

"CFRF whelk, scallop, lobster projects reveal surprises, climate change effects" - Commercial Fisheries News, January 2014

"Fishermen, scientists expand search for young-of-year SNE lobsters"-Commercial Fisheries News, March 2013

The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: A US-Canada Science Symposium - November 27-30, 2012