DMR Lobster Research Publications

The following is a list of historical research publications by DMR staff.
Most of them have not been digitized (yet) but copies are available by contacting Lauren Brown.

Fishery Information | Maturity | Management | Tagging | Environment

Fishery

Dow, R.L. “Methods to Reduce Borer Damage to Lobster Traps” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Technical Bulletin no.3 , 1953, 15p.

Ricker, F.W., Spencer, F.R. “Innovations in Lobster (Homarus americanus) Pound Management.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. 1972, 8p. 

Krouse, J.S. “Effects of Trap Selectivity and Some Population Parameters on Size Composition of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, Catch along the Maine Coast.” Fishery Bulletin 73(4) pp.862-871, 1975. 

Sheldon, W.W., Dow, R.L.“Trap Contributions to Losses in the American Lobster Fishery.” Fishery Bulletin 73(2)pp. 449-451, 1975. 

Krouse, J.S. “Facts behind the Lobster Escape Vent Law” Maine Department of Marine Resources. Lobster Leaflet no. 4, 1977, 9p. 

Krouse, J.S. “Effectiveness of Escape Vent Shape in Traps for Catching Legal-sized Lobster, Homarus americanus, and Harvestable-Sized Crabs, Cancer borealis and Cancer irroratus.” Fishery Bulletin 76(2) pp.425-432, 1978.   

Dow, R.L. “The American Lobster.” Fishing New International, November 1980. 

Dow, R.L. “The European and American Lobster Fisheries.” National Fisherman, February 1980.   

Dow, R.L. “Future of Lobster Industry remains foggy.” National Fisherman Yearbook 1981 Issue.   

Krouse, J.S. “Lobster Tail Meat Validation Study: Maximum Size Assessment.” 1992 Res. Ref. Doc. 92/1 

Kelly, K.H. “Determination of Lobster Trap Density Near Midcoastal Maine by Aerial Photography.” 1993 Res. Ref. Doc. 93/03 

Wilson, C.J., Steneck R.S. “Large-Scale and Long-Term, Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Demography and Landings of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, in Maine.”  2001. Res. Ref. Doc.  01/21 

Maturity

Donahue, J.K. “What Makes a Lobster Shed.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Research Bulletin no.8, 1952, 3p. 

Taylor, C.C. “A Method for Inferring the Annual Growth Increment of Lobsters from Length-Frequency Measurements.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Fisheries Circular no. 3, 1951, 4p.   

Donahue, J.K.  “Studies on Ecdysis in the American Lobster (Homarus americanus): I-The Lobster Egg as a source of Estrogenic Hormone.”  Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Research Bulletin no.8, 1952, 5p. 

Donahue, J.K. “Studies on ecdysis in the American Lobster (Homarus americanus): II-Serum Calcium Levels under Various Normal Conditions.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Research Bulletin no.13, 1953, 10p. 

Donahue, J.K. “Studies on Ecdysis in the American Lobster (Homarus americanus): III- A method for differentiating ages of the Intermoult Cycle.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Research Bulletin no.20, 1954, 3p. 

Donahue, J.K. “Studies on Ecdysis in the American Lobster (Homarus americanus): IV- Estrogenic Hormone as a Possible Moult-Inhibitor in the Egg-bearing Female.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Research Bulletin no. 24, 1955, 6p. 

Donahue, J.K. “Chromatographic Identification of Lobster Egg Estrogen.”  Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Research Bulletin no.28, 1957, 4p.

Krouse, J.S. “Size at First Sexual Maturity for Male and Female Lobsters found along the Coast of Maine” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Lobster Informational leaflet no 2, 1972, 12p.   

Krouse, J.S. “Maturity, Sex ratio and Size Composition of the Natural Population of American Lobster, Homarus americanus, along the Maine Coast.”  Fishery Bulletin 71(1) pp. 165-174, 1973 (PDF file, 9 pages)   

Krouse, J.S. “Movement, Growth and Mortality of American Lobsters, Homarus americanus, Tagged along the Coast of Maine.” NOAA Techinical Report NMFS SSRF-747, September 1981 (PDF file, 17 pages, 5 MB).   

Nutting, G. “Size at Onset of Maturity in the American lobster (Homarus americanus) Along the Maine Coast.” 1999, Res.Ref. Doc. 99/1 (PDF file, 18 pages) 

Waller, J. D., Reardon, K. M., Caron, S. E., Jenner, B. P., Summers, E. L., and Wilson, C. J. "A comparison of the size at maturity of female American lobsters (Homarus americanus) over three decades and across coastal areas of the Gulf of Maine using ovarian staging" – ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsab034, February 2021, (PDF file, 605 KB)

Management

Dow, R.L. “Comments on the Effect of an Increase in the Minimum size of Lobsters to 3-3/16 Inches.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries, 1955, 5p.

Dow, R.L. “Lobster Maximum Size Restictions.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries, 1955, 8p. 

Dow, R.L. “Limiations on Measurement of Effort-Yield in the Maine Lobster Fishery.” Fishing News International August 1966, pp.32-36 

Dow, R.L. “Yield Trends of the American Lobster Resource with Increased Fishing Efforts.” Marine Technology Society Journal 10(7) pp. 15-17, 1976

Dow, R.L. “Lobster Overfishing and Ways to Counter it.”  National Fisherman 59(5) p. 42 Sept. 1978 

Dow, R.L. “Maine has been try to manage her Lobsters for over 3 Centuries.” National Fisherman, January 1980. 

Wilson, C.J. “Improve Information and Assessment of the Lobster Fishery, Maine's Most Valuable Marine Resource, Using an Automated Data Collection Device, The HMS-410.” 2000 Res. Ref. Doc. 00/16 

Wilson, C.J. “Improve Information and Assessment of the Lobster fishery. Maine's Most Valuable Marine Resource, Using an Automated Data Collection Device, The HMS-410 (July 1, 2000 - June 31, 2001).” 2001 Res. Ref. Doc 01/15. 

Wilson, C.J., Chen, Y. “A Simulation Study to Evaluate Impacts of Uncertainty on the Assessment of American Lobster Fishery in the Gulf of Maine.”  2002 Res. Ref. Doc 02/20. 

Tagging

Dow, R.L. “American Lobsters Tagged by Maine Commercial Fishermen 1957-1959.” Fishery Bulletin 72(2) pp. 622-623, 1974. 

Krouse, J.S. “Completion Report Lobster Tagging Project #3-228-R October 1974 thru September 1977.” 1978, Res. Ref. Doc. 79/8

Krouse, J.S. “Movement, Growth and Maturity of American Lobsters, Homarus americanus, Tagged along the Coast of Maine.” NOAA Technical Report NMFS SSRF-747 September 1981.   

Krouse, J.S. “Historical Review of Lobster Tagging Studies(1898-1980).” Maine Dept. of Marine Resources, Lobster Informational Leaflet #8, December 1980. 

Krouse, J.S. “Summary of Lobster, Homarus americanus, Tagging Studies in American waters (1898-1978). Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences No. 932, March 1980, pp.135-140. 

Krouse, J.S. “Description of DMR's Juvenile Lobster Mark-Recapture Investigation and some Preliminary Findings (1977-1982).”  Maine Dept. of Marine Resources, Lobster Informational Leaflet #11, March 1983. 

Krouse, J.S. “Maine Lobster Migration Study.”  1985, Res. Ref. Doc. 85/19 

Environment

Taylor, C.C. “A Study of Lobster Shell Disease with Observations and Recommendations.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries, 1949, 11p.

Sawyer Jr., W.H., Taylor, C.C. “The Effect of Shell Disease on the Gills and Chitin of the Lobster (Homarus americanus).” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Research Bulletin no. 1, 1949 10p.   

Harriman D.M. “Toxicities of Some Metals on Lobster (Homarus americanus) in Natural and Artificial Sea Waters.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Fisheries Circular no. 11, 1953, 8p.   

Dow, R.L., Trott Jr., T.T. “A Study of Major Factors of Maine Lobster Production Flucuations.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries, 1956, 24p.

Hurst Jr. J.W. “Maine's Experience with Lobster Gaffkyaremia and Sanitary Control Measures.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries. Fisheries Circular no. 27, 1960, 6p.

Dow, R.L. “Use of Environmental and Economic Factors to Check Biological Flucuations in Maine lobster Population.” Commercial Fisheries Review 24(8) pp.6-8, 1962 

Dow, R.L. “Effort, Environment, Supply and Yield in the Maine Lobster Fishery.”  Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries, 1967, 16p. 

Dow, R.L. “The Influence of Temperature on Maine Lobster Supply.” Research Bulletin no. 30, 1967 22p. 

Dow, R.L. “Interrelated Influence of Seawater Temperature on Supply and Fishing Effort on Production in the Maine Lobster Fishery.” Maine Dept. Sea and Shore Fisheries, 1968, 11p

Dow, R.L. “Cyclic and Geographic Trends in Seawater Temperature and Abundance of American Lobster.” Science 164(3888) pp. 1060-1063, May 30, 1969

Dow, R.L. “Pesticide Residue Trends in Lobster.”  Maine Environmental Bulletin (Natural Resources Council of Maine), January 1969, pp 1-2.

Dow, R.L. “Effects of Sea-Surface Temperature Cycles on Landing of American, European and Norway Lobsters.” Journal du Counseil 38(2) pp. 271-272, 1978.

Sherburne, S.W. “Phosphoglucomutase Polymorphism in Inshore and Offshore Populations of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus.” 1983, Res. Ref. Doc. 83/17.