Young lobsters, removed from Portland Harbor last year before dredging operation
Young lobsters, removed from Portland Harbor last year before dredging operations began, are returning in expected numbers. Some 35,000 lobsters were removed and put near the inner islands outside the harbor, the vast majority well below legal size. The project, led by Friends of Casco Bay and the Portland Harbor Dredging Committee, began in late 1994. Just over 4,000 of the captured lobsters were tagged to help biologists track them. Already, 100 of the tagged lobsters have been recaptured in study traps, which seems to indicate that those removed are returning to their pre-dredging habitat. And videos shot by Brian Tarbox of MER Assessment, a Brunswick consulting firm, document that the lobsters are burrowing in newly exposed sediment, rather than merely migrating through the area.
Lobsters, Portland Harbor
Scee, Trudy, "Young lobsters, removed from Portland Harbor last year before dredging operation" (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3675.
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