During 1944-1945 the volume of lobsters landed in the spiny lobsters industry decreased to about one half of the 1943 volume and to little more than one third of the amound landed during 1941, which was the year of peak production. Since it was suggested that the cause of this might be overfishing, the University of Miami Marine Laboratory was invited to carry out an investigation in co-operation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida State Board of Conservation.
Marine Laboratory, "Interim report on the Florida crawfish investigation." (1948). RSMAS Technical Reports. 8.