Report Tagged Lobsters

Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by BigJoe, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. BigJoe

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    Lobster season is about to open and we need to help in gathering data about lobster movement. Will lobster really "spillover" as advertised and how far do the really move? Little is know about these lobster habits so this is our chance to help in gathering some important information to inform the scientists. Here is some information I received from San Diego Oceans Foundation who is working with commercial lobster fishermen to tag lobsters to study their movement patterns:

    In September 2011, about 5,000 California spiny lobsters were tagged off the coasts of Laguna, Point Loma, and La Jolla in waters scheduled to become marine protected areas. This is the first stage in a three year project that is funded by California Sea Grant to monitor the movements of the lobster. Legals and shorts were tagged.

    If a tagged lobster is caught, fisherman should record the location (GPS coordinates or site description) and the tag number. Later they can enter the information at our website www.taggedlobster.com or call our office at 619-523-1903 and leave a message. Do not remove the tag from the lobster (unless of course it is a legal that you are keeping it). In April 2012 tagging and recapture efforts will continue. Our project milestones will be available to the public on the website.

    This is our chance to help get information to scientists on this important fishery. Here is a pic of a tagged lobster
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  2. rojodiablo

    rojodiablo Dive club flunkie

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    Thanks for the heads up Joe!!
     
  3. 26grumpy

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    Great info, thanks for the heads up Joe.

    Apparently, California Sea Grant knows something or someone that we don't know:

    "In September 2011, about 5,000 California spiny lobsters were tagged off the coasts of Laguna, Point Loma, and La Jolla in waters scheduled to become marine protected areas."
     
  4. furniture 4 me

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    wow i am not too sure about this deal, kinda sucks. possible close areas, they find out its good fishing grounds and closed.
     
  5. Marcus

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    From the article with my comments in []
    "[Dave] Rudie [owner of Catalina offshore products and friend to the fisherman] is president of the San Diego Oceans Foundation’s board of directors. The Foundation received a grant from Sea Grant and will work with lobster fishermen and scientists to monitor the marine protected areas, whenever they are finally established and put into law.

    Rudie wants commercial lobstermen and recreational anglers who target lobsters by diving or hoop netting to know that there is a lobster tagging study going on.

    “I want to get the word out about the lobster tagging research the fishermen will be working on with the scientists and DFG biologists,” Rudie said. “The San Diego Oceans Foundation will be the contact point if sport fishermen find any legal-sized, tagged lobsters.

    Rudie said the California Lobster and Trap Fisherman’s Association will be represented at the meeting. And Tommy Gomes will supply fish tacos and beverages to those who attend.

    For more information about the tagging project or the special meeting, contact Rudie at (619) 297-9797."

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/sep/12/lobster-season-horizon-lobstermen-invited-open-hou/
     
  6. BigJoe

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    FYI Most of the tagged lobsters were sub-legal sized lobster. This study will be ongoing for 3 years so they will eventualy be legal. We can help gather needed information on lobster movements by reporting the tags we find. Please do not remove them from sub-legal sized lobster you should have a pen/pencil available to write down the tag number as you already have one to fill in your report card :D
     
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    I was a little skeptical when I first saw this, but seeing in the posts that Tommy is involved tells me it is ok to do it if I run across them. And I'm pretty sure alot of other people think its another data collection that will restrict where we can hoop. I think a "Tommy Gomes Approved" would get others to help with the data collection. I know there are alot of lurkers that have alot of respect and trust in what he does. :notworthy
     
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    i will do my part to help!
     
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    Fellas, As best I can I give this project a 100% backing. Watched it from the start and for those that know me and Dave Rudie, you know Dave is stand up guy. We both fought in the MLPA and did what we could, this is just another way to help save what we can.. PLease if you catch a tagged lobster, help us out..

    Tommy
     
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    Joe, is the www.taggedlobster.com hyperlink good? It keeps taking me back to BD.

    Edit: Never mind I clicked on the one in my post and it took me there. Thanks.
     
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    So i guess this means that corporate interests will or have co-opted the study and will give data in favor of shutting down Lobster fishing in 3 years. How bout they are the cockroaches of the sea floor, been here for eons, and will always be. Tagged 5,000 lobsters, what a huge waste of time and money.
     
  13. DavePloessel

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    Tommy, do you still back this program?
     
  14. Carl

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    What happens when the lobsters molt?
     
  15. outboardking

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    thats what i was wondering too would the tag stay on???
     
  16. BigJoe

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    The tags are placed where they should last through 3 or 4 molts before they are lost.

    I understand this tagging program has gathered data on when lobsters start to reproduce and at what size. The findings appear to be sooner than what was previously thought which is actually good news as they have more reproduction time before they reach legal size.
     

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