Profile updated on 23 January 2019
Lobster, European lobster
European lobster range from Scandinavia to North Africa, inhabiting sub-tidal waters of the eastern North Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Western Black Sea (Prodöhl et al. 2006). Genetic differentiation among populations is weak overall, but distinct groups have been identified in four locations: northern Norway, Netherlands, remaining Atlantic, and the Aegean.
Six "Lobster Fishery Units" (LFUs) have been defined for purposes of assessment and management of the species in English waters: Northumberland and Durham, Yorkshire Humber, East Anglia, Southeast South Coast, Southwest and Northwest (Masefield et al. 2017).
Within FishSource, the term "fishery" is used to indicate each unique combination of a flag country with a fishing gear, operating within a particular management unit, upon a resource. That resource may have a known biological stock structure and/or may be assessed at another level for practical or jurisdictional reasons. A fishery is the finest scale of resolution captured in FishSource profiles, as it is generally the scale at which sustainability can most fairly and practically be evaluated.
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