University of Maine, School of Marine Science, Ocean Modeling Group

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The lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery is currently the most lucrative fishery in coastal Gulf of Maine. The recent trend of steadily increasing annual catches has been met with nervous enthusiasm. Not enough is known about lobster larvae transport, settlement, and survival dynamics to predict whether the current abundance of the stock will continue, or for how long. As such, there is intense interest in elucidating the factors that drive patterns of lobster larvae settlement. Our objective was to understand the degree to which settlement in different parts of the coast is driven by distant versus local egg production, and how this varies from year to year.

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