OBJECTIVE OF THE LanConnect NETWORK
The objective of the LanConnect network is to build a regional knowledge-base on the European spiny lobster Palinurus elephas in the Western Mediterranean with the aim of understanding the dynamics of its populations and the causes of their demise, as well as for providing tools for rebuilding and managing sustainably its traditional fisheries. Synergy in data and knowledge sharing is the key goal of LanConnect.
LanConnect is presently formed by members of scientific groups interested in spiny lobster research and belonging to different institutions around the Western Mediterranean. One of the main interests of the network is to expand and welcome new members who are involved in research on any aspect of P. elephas, as well as Palinurus mauritanicus, biology, ecology or fisheries.
Knowledge gain will focus on:
Build-up long-term series of settlement, juvenile and adult abundance indices in key locations within a wide regional area in order to assess the relationships between settlement and exploitable abundance.
Investigate spatial correlations of settlement indices among locations and with oceanographic indexes to shed light on possible patterns of connectivity and regional metapopulation structure. Application of new techniques to connectivity research.
Share data on fishery and population variables indicative of population status, such as catch per unit effort, demography, size at maturity, fecundity at size, and sex ratio.
Compile the knowledge available of all aspects of the species across its distributional range, including biology, ecology, phylogeny, fisheries, gear selectivity, marketing, legislation and management.
Reconstruct the history of the species in locations where profitable fisheries have traditionally existed with the aim of identifying environmental or anthropogenic drivers and the main causes of the demise of its populations.
Disseminate results of studies and knowledge gained at scientific conferences and publications, as well as of materials tailored for managers and the public at large.