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   Baby Lobster Numbers Point To Healthy Future For P.E.I. Fishery
by Jessica Doria-Brown, CBC News ยท
Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 3:57PM EDT

A cage filled with rocks on the ocean floor seems like a strange place for a nursery, but for baby lobsters, it's the ideal place to grow — and it's how the Prince Edward Island Fisherman's Association (PEIFA) works to study and predict the health of Island lobster stocks.

For nine years now the PEIFA, with support from the province and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), has been putting 30 collectors — mesh-bottom cages filled with rocks — at seven sites around P.E.I., to attract baby lobsters and learn from them.

"The goal here is to get a trend around the Island," said Melanie Giffin, marine biologist and program planner with PEIFA. "We want  to see whether numbers are increasing or decreasing over the years and then maybe down the road once we have enough data, be able to compare that to landings."

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