DEI and the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine collaborated on an effort to determine if tidal pounds are suitable for rearing lobsters for stock enhancement purposes. The project was funded by the Washington County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Dr. Beal and Dr. Robert Bayer, Director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, hatched and reared lobsters in two dormant lobster pounds, including one at DEI. The lobsters were be reared until they are five to six weeks old and sizable enough to live on the ocean floor and protect themselves from predators. The effort is aimed at developing alternatives if Maine’s $290 million lobster fishery should suffer a decline similar to what happened in Long Island Sound in 1999.