Spiny Lobster Snapshot Report


The fifth report in the South Coast Snapshot Series, the Spiny Lobster Snapshot Report highlights key findings from the California Spiny Lobster Project, one of ten state-funded baseline monitoring projects in California’s South Coast.

This project characterized populations of California spiny lobsters at five sites, both inside and outside marine protected areas (MPAs), from 2011-2013 (around the time that new South Coast MPAs were implemented). Scientists, resource managers, fishermen, and volunteers worked together to study several aspects of lobster natural history, such as size and abundance, growth rates, behavior, and habitat preference.

This snapshot report, and the entire South Coast Snapshot Series, provides a foundation for rigorous science-informed decisions in the region. It is key ingredient in the State of the California South Coast Region report, which provides a comprehensive ecological and socioeconomic baseline characterization of the region.





Spiny Lobster Project Collaborators

Principal Investigators:

  • Doug Neilson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Ed Parnell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Kevin Hovel, San Diego State University


  • Travis Buck, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Dave Rudie, San Diego Oceans Foundation
  • Amalia DeGrood, San Diego State University

Contributing Groups