Field Trials of Innovative, Recyclable Lobster Traps

Lay Summary 

The American Lobster (Homarus americanus) is a prominent part of the Canadian East Coast fishing industry, including in Newfoundland. Lobster are currently caught with either traditional wooden traps, or more modern wire traps. Repairing or replacing these traps can be quite costly- therefore, there is the need for the development of gear that is longer lasting to reduce such costs. This project tested an innovative lobster trap design, referred to as the LasTrap, of the Lobster Trap Company of Nova Scotia. This trap is made of highly durable plastic, is lighter than more traditional traps, and is recyclable at the end of its use. With the participation of volunteer harvesters in Harbour Breton, this project used video analysis to observe lobster behavior in response to the new traps, as well as data collection to compare the new traps to wire traps. Future studies may take place to further test this trap design with more replicates.

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources
Harbour Breton
Newfoundland and Labrador
Fishery Technology
Lobster Fishery
Ocean Sciences
Fishing Industry
Industry Sectors 
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
Start date 
1 Apr 2018
End date 
31 Dec 2018
Lead Organization 
Fisheries and Marine Institute
Partner Organization 
The Lobster Trap Company