The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted that the Gulf of Maine waters will increase 5 degrees F. by 2100 and Maine’s lobsters may not be able to survive it.
In a study published in ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, researchers from the University of Maine Darling Marine Center (DMC) and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science show how an increase of ocean waters would affect lobster development, with results that could be bad news for lobsters, their ecosystems, and the economy.
“They developed twice as fast as they did in the current temperature of 16 C (61 F.), and they had noticeably lower survival,” Jesica Waller, a graduate student at the DMC and lead author of the study, told Science Daily. “Really only a handful made it to the last larval stage. We noticed it right from the start. We saw more dead larvae in the tank.” READ MORE.