Penobscot Bay Pilot publishes profile of UMaine researcher, lobsterman Huntsberger

The Penobscot Bay Pilot published a University of Maine Darling Marine Center story about Carl Huntsberger, a researcher and lobsterman who recently earned his master’s degree in marine biology from UMaine. Huntsberger grew up lobstering on the Maine coast, and after completing his bachelor’s degree in 2012, worked at a nonprofit research lab on Cape Cod conducting seasonal surveys on commercial scallop boats, according to the article. “The Maine coastal fishing community is very important to me. I’m collecting needed fisheries data to fill information gaps in fisheries management,” said Huntsberger, who looked at determining the age of crustaceans, focusing on the Jonah crab. He worked with a team of scientists from UMaine, Bates College and University of New Brunswick in Canada, led by Richard Wahle, a research professor in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences and director of the Lobster Institute. “Carl’s work makes important new inroads to our understanding of the challenge of aging crustaceans,” said Wahle. “His research is getting the attention of fishery scientists managing lobster and Jonah crab fisheries of New England and Atlantic Canada who need to use this information to understand the population dynamics and ecology of these commercially important species.” Boothbay Register also published the release.