DEI’s research includes the American lobster, Homarus americanus, Maine’s most valuable fishery. Research includes how to raise lobster in the hatchery, pounding, and studying how fast lobsters grow by Maine coastal region.
In 2002 and 2003, DEI focused on lobster stock enhancement using cultured lobsters. At that time, the commercial fishery for American lobster in Maine had experienced the highest landings during the past 2 decades than at any time since the 1950s.DEI conducted field experiments in Eastern Maine to explore ocean-based nurseries for cultured lobster.
Through funding from the Maine DMR, DEI undertook a study from 2006 to 2008 to determine how fast lobsters grow and whether their growth is influenced by region and/or the type of substrate on which they settle.
From 2004-2010 DEI conducted a series of field trials to examine methods to improve survival rates and enhance growth with the goal of producing animals large enough to apply a physical tag that can be seen easily by fishermen and scientists interested in testing directly the efficacy of enhancement efforts.