Collaborative Philosophy

University scientists trapping lobster

Our primary goals in this collaboration are to increase our collective knowledge of species and fishery behavior, habitat-fishermen-species relationships, population connectivity, and how to best educate students in fishery co-management. Our success is dependent on collaboration with experts in many fields. The lobster fishery, among others, has historically been proactive in management decisions such as implementing escape ports for the release of sublegal-sized juvenile lobsters, limited entry, and transferable permits. Through CALobster the industry demonstrates it's commitment to sustaining their resource and livelihoods with active participation in data collection, study design, and student mentorship.

In partnership, other stakeholders can join the fishery in raising the bar of collaborative research in CA. Through collaboration we can generate essential lobster and reef fish fishery information to use in developing habitat-specific management models. We can contribute productively and quantitatively to the debate surrounding marine reserves. We can also help establish a democratic-basis for decision-making and maintaining productive harbors. To enable collaboration, communication among stakeholders will be enhanced through meetings, workshops, committees, courses, and community activities to be announced on this website.

Join the Project

We invite you to join our research collaboration. If you are interested in any of our projects described here or have ideas for additional investigations please contact us.

Email: lobsterinfo@calobster.org