Location: Commons at Fort Worden
Date: May 26, 2016
Join us at our annual meeting in the Fort Worden Commons on May 26 from 5-7 pm. See a recap of the Science Center's highlights and successes over the past year as well as a presentation from new Program Director Karlisa Callwood on the Caribbean spiny lobster:
Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) is popular seafood item worldwide and an important fishery throughout the Caribbean, where it has become part of a multi-million dollar industry. This is especially true for The Bahamas, which is currently dominating the industry.
Over the past few decades, the Bahamian fishery has expanded, thanks to a new technique that makes the lobster easier and quicker to catch and has enticed many new fishers to participate, resulting in some interesting ecological interactions and personal conflicts.
This study takes an interdisciplinary look at how the biology of the lobster, the physics of the ocean currents, the ecology of the local habitat, and the social elements of everyone involved all interact to help characterize the Bahamian spiny lobster fishery and the implications for managing it sustainably.