Lobsters & Climate Change
an Inconvenient Truth
As the days grow even warmer and we start thinking about summer, what could be more New England than a nice lobster boil?
So when I first read the report by the Division of Marine Fisheries, it seemed impossible that in a search for “young of the year” lobsters in 2010, only two were found in 196 collectors placed throughout Buzzards Bay, Martha’s Vineyard Sound, Rhode Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and Block Island Sound. Just two.
In 2011, they found only one. And that was in deep water off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard Sound. None were found in Rhode Island waters.
What’s going on?
Lobsters are temperature dependent. When water goes above about 20ºC or 68ºF, lobsters move away to cooler waters.
Researchers measured temperatures, ...
The results were dismal. From a peak of 15 young of year lobsters per 90 square feet suctioned in 1990, the count dropped to 0 in the same areas in 2011.
read the entire article in the April-May Issue of South Coast Prime Times http://issuu.com/coastalmags/docs/scpt_aprmay12