Lobster Underwater Behavior Subject of PERC Program



STONINGTON — An evening of underwater photographs of fascinating lobster behavior and new information about lobster tribes awaits anyone who comes to hear Jelle Atema on Friday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Reach Performing Arts Center located in the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School.

The evening is the first in Penobscot East Resource Center’s Winter Series of community presentations about fishing.

Jelle Atema will be sharing the results of his work that is discovering that lobster society may be organized into tribes that are genetically and physically different over distances of as small as 25 miles. Lobsters can smell this difference and females prefer to associate with their tribal males.

Atema is a professor of marine biology Boston University and a marine biologist who performs underwater observations of lobster behavior, including revealing the unique mating rituals of lobster. He is now working with the geneticist who is helping track the survival of lobsters released from the Zone C Lobster Hatchery.

Penobscot East Resource Center works to secure a future for the fishing communities of eastern Maine. For information, call (207) 367-2708 or visit penobscoteast.org.

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]