Lobster shell disease is caused by bacteria that grows on the shell of the crustacean, turning it mottled black. The disease does not affect the meat of the lobster, but renders the animal unmarketable. Photo: Barbara Somers, Rhode Island Sea Grant & the University of Rhode Island

Lobster shell disease is caused by bacteria that grows on the shell of the crustacean, turning it mottled black. The disease does not affect the meat of the lobster, but renders the animal unmarketable. Photo: Barbara Somers, Rhode Island Sea Grant & the University of Rhode Island

GloucesterTimes.com: There has been a lot of hand-wringing over whether the rampant shell disease afflicting the southern New England lobsters has begun to inch its way north to the colder waters of Cape Ann and the rest of the Gulf of Maine.

Pish-posh, say the scientists and local lobstermen.

“It’s really much ado about nothing up in Gloucester [Massachusetts] and around Cape Ann,” said Bob Glenn, the New Bedford-based chief marine fisheries biologist for the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries.

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