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The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem
27-30 November 2012
| Portland, Maine

The conference steering committee would like to thank the 130+ people who attended the symposium, all the presenters, and sponsors.

Final Conference Program  (PDF, 3.2 MB)



November 2013 CJFAS Special Issue November 2013 Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Special Issue

The symposium grew out of a consensus among the scientific community that the response of lobsters to a changing environment is best viewed in an ecosystem context. Whether induced by man or nature, fundamental changes have occurred over the past few decades in the physical environment and food web interactions. The driving questions are as follows: What do we know now that we did not know even a decade ago? What are the common US–Canadian research priorities? How can researchers move forward with an agenda that makes the best use of dwindling funding?



Symposium attendees gathered in ballroom listening to speakerMEDIA COVERAGE

"Top lobster scientists gather for Maine symposium," Associated Press
"Industry leaders meet to discuss lobster sustainability," WCSH6, November 27
"Lobster scientists look for clues to crustacean's future, WCSH6, November 28
"Lobster industry symposium," WGME, November 28
"Scientists assess threats to lobster fishery at Maine symposium, MPBN, November 28
"Portland symposium addresses climate change’s effects on lobster fishery," Bangor Daily News, November 29
"Maine's lobster explosion an economic boon, biodiversity bust," Portland Press Herald, November 29
"Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age," Associated Press/Bangor Daily News, November 30
"Maine scientist discovers lobster-eat-lobster world," Portland Press Herald, November 30
"Caught: lobster cannibals captured on film along Maine coast," The Salt/NPR, December 3
"Cannibal lobsters!" National Geographic
"Cruel new fact of crustacean life: lobster cannibalism," Reuters, December 5
"What's in store for Maine's lobster fishery?" Fishermen’s Voice, January 2013
"Lobstering is a form of ecosystem monitoring" Landings, January 2013; see also "Global climate change and you" and "V-notching remains valuable tool" in the same issue.



Congratulations to the winners of the student presentation awards, sponsored by Aquatic Science & Health Services: Bryan Morse, Kristin Dinning, and Anna Henry (left photo; Jean Lavallee of ASHS in center, Anna Henry absent), and recipients of the student travel awards, sponsored by the conference partners: Fraser Clark of University of Prince Edward Island, Eric Pedersen of McGill University, and Nathan Rycroft of Boston University (right photo).

winners of the student presentation awards










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