Lobster (Homarus americanus)
The lobster is one of the main species caught in Québec. It is harvested using selective traps containing bait, generally pieces of dead fish (mackerel, herring, plaice and redfish). The fishing period varies from year to year but generally takes place from late April to early July. The minimum legal size for the fishery is 83 mm (cephalothorax length). In theory, it is possible to rear lobster from egg to table although it isn't profitable to do so.
In recent years, Merinov has participated in hatchery-based larva production work in partnership with the Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels sud Gaspésie (RPPSG). These larvae are then seeded on the seabed in Gaspé Peninsula waters where they continue to grow in the wild. In 2011, Merinov also initiated work on larval dispersion and the settlement of postlarvae at known nursery sites in the wild around the Magdalen Islands in partnership with the Association des pêcheurs propriétaires des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (APPÎM).