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Lobster Gear Repurposed for Oyster Farming From Bill O’Connor and Cat Cove Tide Pool Touch Tank Webcam

Hey Joey,

Augmenting the lobster catch: Oyster aquaculture in modified lobster traps

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I stumbled upon this in at the Cat Cove Marine Lab website and thought you might find it interesting.  Apparently the oysters did pretty poorly on the North Shore due to water temp, but my little foray into oyster harvesting was quite different, and completely by accident.

A few years back, we had a party at the house and I bought a bushel of Blue Point oysters that were supposedly being farmed off of Martha’s Vineyard.  I prepared half the bushel for the party and the other half I left in the mesh bag, which I hung off our mooring to keep them alive long enough to eat them.  Well I eventually forgot them out there and the mooring ball disappeared that winter, so we dropped a new mooring in its place the following Spring.

A couple of years later I was snorkeling out in the cove beyond the mean low tide mark and came across the lost mooring ball suspended underwater on a column of oysters! Apparently there was enough in the mesh bag to reproduce and they just grew down the mooring chain.  They literally reproduced themselves out of the bag somehow.  The weight of the oysters pulled the ball under the surface eventually.  I would see the oyster column occasionally when servicing our moorings over the years,  and it eventually just fell over underwater. I still see oysters out in the cove though!   

Anyway, I thought you might find this study informative.

Thanks,~Bill www.northshorekid.com

You can also check out their live streaming tide pool touch tank webcam by clicking on the pic below-

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Andre Bouchard- Owner of Five Used Lobster Traps

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Andre contacted me through the blog and asked if I knew where he could get some used lobster traps to fish with his family under a recreational permit.

Of course.  We got him set up with some great traps and next summer he will be ready to rock.

If anyone needs any info on how to get a recreational lobster permit or a student permit for their children let me know.  We can always source decent used traps for you so you don’t have to go and spend $70 on new ones.

shoot me an email if you are interested goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com

Experimental Plastic Hauling Plates

This is a picture of one half of a set of new experimental plastic hauling plates. They come from a government grant that paid to develop them.

The thinking behind the new experimental plastic hauling plates is that they will have less friction on the rope to make the rope last longer. The rope that the lobstermen use is a by-product of oil and it’s cost has gone way up with everything else. By using the new plates they hope they will get a longer life out of the rope and reduce costs.

Right now only a couple of these have been distributed to my lobstermen to see if there are any design flaws. They potentially could be too slippery and not haul the gear properly. They might have too much grip, they might be too flexible.

What I know is that lobstermen are creatures of habit and it will have to work very similarly to what they currently use or the idea will be an exercise in futility, but if they do work and can save them money it would be worthwhile.

Traditional Metal Hauling Plates

This is what all the lobster boats use today. The rope goes in between those two discs and the pressure as it goes into the groove created between the discs holds it in place. That is the way the traps get hauled up from the bottom of the ocean floor.

The thinking behind the new experimental hauling plates is that they will have less friction on the rope to make the rope last longer. The rope that the lobstermen use is a by-product of oil and it’s cost has gone way up with everything else.  By using the new plates they hope they will get a longer life out of the rope and reduce costs.