Decline in Juvenile Lobsters Causing Concern

Juvenile lobsters, photo courtesy Lobster Conservancy.

Portland Press Herald: The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline—possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say.

A University of Maine survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations suggests that numbers of young lobsters have declined by more than half their 2007 levels—significant since lobsters typically take about 8 years to reach the legal harvesting size.

Read more about the decline in juvenile lobsters off Maine.


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