So. New England Lobster Population Hits Record Low

A load of dereclict lobster traps on deck.
A load of dereclict lobster traps on deck.

The Associated Press reports on the woeful state of the southern New England lobster fishery. The population of lobsters in the region has sunk to the lowest levels on record, according to the article, and the catch off Rhode Island is a third of the size that it was in the late 1990s.

Interstate fishing regulators are now considering what to do to protect the stock, but new rules will likely pose stricter catch limits on fishermen.

The decline in the lobster population off southern New England is largely due to fishing pressure and adverse environmental conditions, including higher water temperatures, according to a study issued by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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