Introduction to the Basics of Recreational Lobster Harvest (part 1)

Introduction to the Basics of Recreational Lobster Harvest (part 1)


(spirited guitar music) – Hi, I’m Jeffrey Brodeur of the Woods Hole Sea Grant
Program, A NOAA funded project at the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution. At Woods Hole Sea
Grant we do outreach, education, and research. And part of my job is
working on marine debris. Marine debris is a huge
issue on many levels. Old abandoned traps can continue to fish into the sea,
harming the lobsters and other animals
that get into them. We call that ghost fishing. Marine creatures,
and even boats, can get entangled in lines. And of course, the fishing
gear that washes up on beaches isn’t
nice to look at. Though marine debris
is a big problem, we have found some solutions. With funding from the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Massachusetts Division
of Marine Fisheries, the Massachusetts
Lobstermen’s Association, and Woods Hole Sea Grant, have teamed up to show
all recreation lobstermen how to fish responsibly. Whether you’ve been
recreational lobstering for a long time, or like
me, just getting started, there’s a lot to learn
from this series. We’ll go out on the water
with lobsterman, Dave Casoni, for a first-hand
look at the problems caused by derelict lobster gear and what we should
do if we find it. Division of Marine
Fisheries staff walk me through the easy process of getting a recreational
fishing permit. We go to a fishing supply store to learn all about
the gear we’ll need to fish legally and responsibly. Then we’ll rig up our new gear to make it ready
for fishing season. You’ll definitely learn some cool tricks and
knots in this one. Then we’ll go back out on
Dave’s boat to set our traps. And then, everyone’s
favorite part, we’ll check our
traps for lobsters and learn what’s
legal and what’s not. Finally, we’ll get a
friendly gear and boat check from the Massachusetts
Environmental Police. Because we learned so much,
there’s nothing to worry about. We’ve created this
series of videos to help you learn the ropes
of recreational lobstering and help us all
prevent marine debris. If you need more information, pick up a free copy of the
Massachusetts Saltwater Guide at your local
fishing supply store or find it online at
mass.gov/marinefisheries.

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