Scientists are tagging lobsters within the no-take zone, and asking fishermen to alert them when they catch one to show migration patterns out of the area. Conservationists see a win-win situation for lobsters and fishermen: Having a protected zone where females can reproduce undisturbed will lead to larger lobster catches outside of the zone. The absence of fishing in this area also allows sponges, coral and other marine species to thrive.
- Read "Fishing Ban Brings Seas to Life" (Scientific American, July 16, 2008)
- Learn more about overfishing at Overfishing.com
- Sign the Pew Environment Group petition urging the US National Marine Fisheries Service to stop overfishing
- Download the Environmental Defense Fund's "Pocket Eco-Friendly Fish Selector"