Climate Change Is Decimating Maine’s Lobster Population

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Maine's lobsters are "likely" threatened.
Maine's lobsters are "likely" threatened.

Seafood addicts don’t need yet another reason to loathe climate change, and now a pair of reports warn that saltwater diseases are just loving these warmer ocean temperatures, and unfortunately at least one has a taste for lobster. The new studies suggest sea stars have it the worst — they’re being plagued by a wasting disease that morphs them into "goo" within days — and divers in the San Juan Islands who used to find dozens on every dive now don’t see any. Lobsters, though, are apparently contracting a shell disease that gives them lesions and, at best, makes them unfit for eating.

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The outbreaks are so lethal, according to a biologist involved in both studies, that at least one species of sea star has vanished off the coasts of Washington and British Columbia and the lobster fishery, already decimated in southern New England, will likely be threatened in Maine.

Seafood addicts don’t need yet another reason to loathe climate change, and now a pair of reports warn that saltwater diseases are just loving these warmer ocean temperatures, and unfortunately at least one has a taste for lobster. The new studies suggest sea stars have it the worst — they’re being plagued by a wasting disease that morphs them into "goo" within days — and divers in the San Juan Islands who used to find dozens on every dive now don’t see any. Lobsters, though, are apparently contracting a shell disease that gives them lesions and, at best, makes them unfit for eating.

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