Lob­ster fish­er­men hold an­nual meet­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

O’LEARY — Lob­ster land­ings and lob­ster re­cruit­ment re­main strong, P.E.I. Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Agri­cul­ture bi­ol­o­gist Robert MacMil­lan told mem­bers of the Prince County Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing their an­nual meet­ing re­cently. Asked by fish­er­men whether there is a sci­en­tific ar­gu­ment for a size in­crease, MacMil­lan sug­gested the fish­ery can sus­tain its num­bers with­out in­creas­ing the min­i­mum cara­pace size. But he agreed there could be an ar­gu­ment for an in­crease on other grounds, in­clud­ing catch­ing a larger run of lob­ster. MacMil­lan also pointed out there have been oc­ca­sions when cara­pace in­creases were im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by land­ing in­creases and oc­ca­sions when they were not.

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