Skip to comments.Climate Change Brought a Lobster Boom. Now It Could Cause a Bust.
Posted on 06/21/2018 11:59:38 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
VINALHAVEN, Me. - At 3:30 in the morning on a Friday in late May, the lobstermen ate breakfast. Outside, their boats bobbed in the labradorite water, lit only by the dull yellow of streetlamps across the bay. It was windy, too windy for fishing, but one by one the islands fishermen showed up at the Surfside cafe anyway. Over pancakes and eggs, they grumbled about the seasons catch to date.
Some of the lobstermen said it was just too early in the season. Others feared that it was a sign of things to come. Since the early 1980s, climate change had warmed the Gulf of Maines cool waters to the ideal temperature for lobsters, which has helped grow Maines fishery fivefold to a half-billion-dollar industry, among the most valuable in the United States. But last year the states lobster landings dropped by 22 million pounds, to 111 million.
Now, scientists and some fishermen are worried that the waters might eventually warm too much for the lobsters, and are asking how much longer the boom can last.
Climate change really helped us for the last 20 years, said Dave Cousens, who stepped down as president of the Maine Lobstermens Association in March. But, he added, Climate change is going to kill us, in probably the next 30.
Scientists say a variety of factors have contributed to the boom, including overfishing of predators like cod and the lobstermens own conservation efforts. But without climate change, Maines lobster fishery would not be anywhere near as successful as it is today, said Richard A. Wahle, a professor at the University of Maines School of Marine Sciences.
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5000 years ago farmers and fisherman respectively prayed for a good harvest and good catch. Some years their prayers were answered, some years they weren't. It has always been so.
You should change your handle to chicken little.
Stuff goes in cycles. There are many factors. Sending trillions to globalists is not the solution.
I’ll be up there in August - right across from Vinalhaven eating three weeks worth of lobsters (shedders). Most of them are sold to Canada where they are canned.
YES, Climate changes. It always has, it always will.
Our lifetimes, on earth, are short.
“Blah, blah, blah, in my lifetime.” BIG DEAL! SO WHAT? Your “lifetime” is too short a measure of time to draw conclusions from.
Even if a change happens that never happened before, SO WHAT?
What guarantee does anyone have that things can’t ever change? NONE!
And, not to mention that puny, insignificant, human beings CAN’T affect global climate anyway.
Follow the money trail....
These idiots were say....and do....ANYTHING to foister this ridiculous fraud upon the “unwashed masses”. What they’re really after is the billions of dollars in taxes/fines/tariffs etc. to the “fight” climate change fraud.
They know if they can “convince” the “unwashed masses”, they’ll have billions in new tax revenue to play with while the rest of us just get poorer.
The climate change Borg ate my lobster too?
This is typical. X happens, its golbal warming; the opposite happens, its global warming. Nothing falsifies gw.
Lobsters all lived in one spot for 3.8 billion years ...
until the mid-20th century and the appearance of man-made CO2 ...
which was diabolically designed to be different than natural CO2.
(excerpted from the Journals of #FakeScience)
Fossil fuel is gradually being replaced by renewable energy here in the US and around the world. And this will continue at a quicker pace
The price of fossil fuels will continue to go up and the price of renewable energy will continue to go down.
Eventually fossil fuel will become a problem of the past and the GOP will be in deep shit because the fossil fuel industry won't have the money to bankroll the republican party anymore
The Island Institute, based in Rockland, ME does some good stuff for the island communities. I regularly read their free paper “Working Waterfront.” Each issue has at least two doom and gloom articles about how climate change is going to submerge the islands, wreck the lobster industry, etc. The only thing they’re missing is islands turning over, Guam style.
Please, the indentured servitude contracts from the early days of Europeans coming to this continent used to have limits on how often the servant would be fed lobster, because they were literally so plentiful on the beaches of new england that folks were literally SICK of being fed nothing but lobster...
Was Climate Change responsible for that??
After you’ve watched a lobster being eaten alive by other lobsters in a market lobster tank, you don’t feel so bad.
So let me get this straight. First, the lobster business increases five-fold, then it drops less than 17%, and the fisherman are crying "global warming?"
Another BS FakeNews story.
You are doing a better job than I am keeping track of of every disaster Globull Warming MIGHT cause :)
It’s affecting everything, don’cha know.
The genius who invented all the products in our successful business was lecturing me about globull warming yesterday.
What an idiot!
“Since the early 1980s, climate change had warmed the Gulf of Maines cool waters to the ideal temperature for lobsters, which has helped grow Maines fishery fivefold to a half-billion-dollar industry, among the most valuable in the United States. But last year the states lobster landings dropped by 22 million pounds, to 111 million.”
Notice how they switch units when talking about the “drop,” from dollars to pounds. What percentage drop is 22 million pounds? Seventy? Two?
The constant dump of Bovine Excrement on our heads gets tiresome.