Maine Lobster

Basket of Lobsters  Lobster Monitoring and Assessment

This lobster program is the longest running, on-going, catch and effort study within the Department. In addition to lobster landings statistics, this program has been collecting statistical information on the commercial and natural population of lobsters along the Maine coast for over 40 years. The program collects valuable data on lobster catch as well as discards and bycatch which are directly used in the lobster stock assessment as well as in other studies.

Newly settled tiny lobster  Lobster Life History Research

DMR Lobster Lab Protocols and Image Based Guides

Please see the attached guides below for DMR’s protocols and image-based guides for ovarian, cement gland, and setogenic staging. The images for these guides were generated during DMR’s 2018-2023 female size at maturity research (Waller et al., 2019;2021) and the development of the guides was funded by the 2020 Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program.

Please credit the Maine Department of Marine Resources when sharing or using images from these protocols and guides. For suggested updates or other information, contact 


Image: DMR lobster lab, 2019          



Lobster Research Collaborative diagram  Other DMR Lobster Research


Kathleen Reardon - Senior Lobster Biologist, Monitoring and Assessment
Jesica Waller Division Director for the Division for Biological Monitoring and Assessment
Heather Glon - Senior Lobster Biologist, Lobster Life History
Robert Russell - Settlement Survey Coordinator
Erin Summers - Whale Take Reduction
Kristyn Klemen - Sea Sampling and Ventless Trap Coordinator

Maine Lobster Fishery Page