**Few fun facts about the Atlantic lobster that I've learned over the past 45 years of fishing ***
The lobster molts in the summer time when the food is most abundant and the waters are warmest. It take at least 3 months for a lobster to "harden off " properly, and this can only be done in warm waters...NOT the cold water that some believe. Too warm waters will often lead to a second molt at the very end of summer...early fall making the quality of the meat go down.
During the molt, the lobster will take in a LOT of water...enuff to split their shells along the back of the carapace !! They're so fluid like during this stage...they can pull their whole claws out thru their knuckles...it's an amazing process to behold !!!
The average lobster will increase 45% in size when it molts...right after the molt the females can be bred while soft...retaining the sperm till they need it (Lewinski ) or wish to produce the eggs.
Females lay approx 10,000 eggs per lb of body weight...with a 95% mortality rate of ever becoming an adult !!!!!! One of THEE Highest in the ocean !
Most females make for the shoaler waters in late spring may / june to release last years batch of eggs in the warmer coastal waters.
The newly hatched lobsters spend the next 3-10 weeks at the mercy of the tides and currents as they live in the top 2-3 meters of the ocean. When they decide to settle to the bottom and go down...if the water is too cold, they will perish !...It's a gamble when they do.
During the shell hardening process, the lobster meat is of very poor quality...it's 45% water in the shells...this is the reason for "empty shell lobsters"...or sick lobsters. It will eventually be absorbed by the lobster and be turned back into meat.
The time of this fishery and the harvesting of these sick / recently molted lobsters and the berried females(full of eggs) are what's being kept in this summer "food / ceremonial fishery. This is one of the main reasons for the uprising.
Most fishermen and groups want the natives to ...Fish them when the other seasons are on...the winter fishery !! When their shells are fuller, landing a much better product for all...and returning the undersized and berried females back to the waters to continue producing and be part of the sustainable fishery(not being done by all boats)
just a little bit of info to bring some of you up to speed on the stuff that never gets mentioned by the righteous with rights about the privileged with privileges