Lobster Landings

Lobster Landings (pounds)
  CT NY
1981 807,911 412,248
1982 880,636 478,390
1983 1,653,696 771,332
1984 1,796,509 903,600
1985 1,381,029 891,389
1986 1,253,545 1,108,583
1987 1,528,876 849,864
1988 1,846,826 1,347,619
1989 1,906,790 1,828,460
1990 2,361,859 1,888,795
1991 2,461,046 1,932,940
1992 2,344,315 2,018,036
1993 1,944,482 2,024,181
1994 2,101,814 3,628,985
1995 2,527,179 6,030,851
1996 2,865,556 8,833,665
1997 3,400,742 8,243,152
1998 3,653,875 6,914,672
1999 2,535,012 5,786,555
2000 1,331,404 2,463,368
2001 1,273,528 1,734,796
2002 1,031,684 1,194,685
2003 664,034 754,167
2004 637,673 878,085
2005 708,110 938,948
2006 785,141 1,035,717
2007 531,685 692,483
2008 399,241 734,298
2009 424,178 416,158
2010 490,948 412,289

What are lobster landings?

The number of lobsters recorded by commercial lobstermen as being taken from their traps.

What does this indicate?

This indicator is reflective of fishery management practices, socioeconomic conditions, and species population abundance.

Status

Beginning in the 1980s, American lobster harvest increased in the Sound, with the peak occurring in 1997. Lobster die-offs in 1999 and 2002, most severely in the western Sound, reduced the harvest to early 1980s-levels. Scientists concluded that a combination of warmer temperatures and impaired water quality stressed lobsters, making them susceptible to disease. Increased size restrictions and limits on catching adult female lobsters are two of the management controls being tried to help restore the lobster population. In an effort to try to rebuild the lobster stock, New York and Connecticut, in coordination with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, reduced the fall season by 11 weeks beginning in 2013. The plan is to reduce fishing exploitation by 10 percent in order to help restore the population.

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