Cyborg Lobsters Foil Poachers
Lobsters outfitted with special microchips easily allowed Canadian fisheries officers to catch some poachers in the act.
The chips are emitters that are implanted in each lobster, who then wander into unmarked and illegal traps. The officers wait nearby, pick up the signal and swoop in on the fishermen, who are sitting with the lobsters.
In May, Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers from the nearby Port aux Basques detachment found six unmarked lobster traps close to the small community of Burnt Islands.
The officers placed live lobsters implanted with microchips in each of the traps, the federal department said Friday.
During a stakeout of the area, officers saw three men hauling two of the untagged traps from the water and approached the men. Officers searched their boat and found all six microchip lobsters.
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