Interesting Report on the California Spiny Lobster
By Saam on Tuesday, December 24 2013, 21:22 - Permalink
I just read a recent (2012) scientific study by Anthony Koslow (SCRIPPS Institute at University of California, San Diego), Laura Rogers-Bennett (California Department of Fish and Game), and Douglas Neilson (California Department of Fish and Game) regarding the abundance of the California Spiny Lobster (Panulirus interrupts) off the coast of California.You can see the Research Paper here
I found the most interesting facts to be the following.
- Recreational (for sport) fishing of California Spiny Lobster was insignificant until the recent popularity of "Hoop Netting", which started around 2005. Now it accounts for 30-60% of all lobsters caught. Wow!
- Despite the huge demand for more lobster the populations appear to be stable.
- Higher ocean temperatures (i.e. El Nino) seem to correlate with more lobster babies (also called phylosoma). But they are not sure if this necessarily correlates to more lobsters large enough to keep.