Lobsters Suffering From Climate Change
March 15, 2011
Add the lobsters of southern New England to the long list of creatures currently threatened by climate change.
Lobster populations in southern New England – from the elbow of Cape Cod to Long Island Sound – have sunk to what many biologists consider dangerously low levels. Meanwhile, lobsters to the north have continued to floursh. Now, according to a report from TheDay.com, a new study suggests warming water temperatures could be a chief reason for the struggling lobsters.
The study, done by biologists for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the marine sciences department at the University of Connecticut, finds that warm water temperatures cause respiratory problems for lobsters. It also finds that the lobsters who are surviving in Long Island Sound are heading for the deep water, where temperatures are the coldest.
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