Maine's having a lobster boom. A bust may be coming.

Maine's having a lobster boom. A bust may be coming.

The warming waters are drawing tiny crustaceans called copepods, the whales’ staple food, into the very areas where lobster fishermen are now working. It’s like, sure, go lobster fishing, but Maine’s done itself a disservice—we have all our eggs in one basket, and that’s the lobster industry.” (Other industries, such as tourism, earn the state more than lobstering.) Aside from any future lobster fishing restrictions to protect the right whales, what might happen if the gulf’s waters keep warming up? I didn’t want to do anything that had anything to do with the water after that for a long, long time, even recreationally. The modeling suggests the lobster boom in the Gulf of Maine won’t last.

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