Lobster’s Are Heading North While Some Fisherman Are Heading South
The lobster numbers are trending down in southern New England forcing many lobster men to give it up.
The numbers of lobsters are the lowest levels seen in southern New England, yet they are at some of the highest levels ever for northern New England.
Scientists are pointing to the warming of ocean waters as to the reason the lobsters are migrating north.
In 2013, the number of adult lobsters in New England south of Cape Cod slid to about 10 million, just one-fifth the total in the late 1990s, according to a report issued this month by regulators. The lobster catch in the region sank to about 3.3 million pounds in 2013, from a peak of about 22 million in 1997.
The downward trend is forcing many in the fishing industry in Rhode Island and Connecticut out of business.
Meanwhile, up the coast, the same report from the AP indicates;
Maine fishermen have landed more than 100 million pounds of lobster for four years in a row, by far the highest four-year haul in the state's history.
It's bad news for the fisherman, but to the lobster loving public, there hasn't been much of a difference in price or availability, since the overall supply of lobsters is pretty much steady.
Of course, if you haven't thought of having a lobster in a while, here's a video that might wet your appetite.