The majority of the lobsters (n=33) moulted during the 22nd week.
Feeding frequency and to a lesser degree compartment size did have a significant effect on growth of moulted lobsters (Figures 7A-7C).
Because ofa large difference in the timing ofthe moult for individual lobsters and the close relationship between time after moulting and serum protein levels (Figure 1), there were not enough replicates to perform reliable statistically analysis.
There was also a high mortality rate in the lab at 15[degrees]C, but this was primarily for post moulted lobsters.
Crustaceans expend energy at moult and the hepatopancreas functions as a major source of energy during moulting .
The growth increment of moulted lobsters at Triton was lower than those maintained in the lab.
The slow increase in serum protein during post moult represents body tissue growth, which replaces the water [55,61].
Results from the laboratory experiments suggest that warmer shallow water sites typical of those found in Prince Edward Island or New Brunswick mussel aquaculture operations would be most effective at promoting moulting, and size at moult could be enhanced with supplementary feeding.