Globe Article Examines Future of NE Commercial Fishing

MA Lobstermen Get Reprieve on Winter Fishing Ban
Lobsterboats, photo/Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association.

Boston Globe: Cod have been disappearing from the waters between Massachusetts and Maine, and shrimp populations are so depleted that the commercial shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine has been cancelled for the last 3 years.

At the same time, lobster are flourishing — alongside a host of species that have never before thrived in New England waters.

Why the wild ups and downs? One reason is that nearby waters are warming much faster than the rest of the ocean, making the environment newly unbearable for some longtime residents — and newly appealing for others. But overfishing has played a role as well, disrupting the balance of the watery ecosystem in unexpected ways.

Read more about the future of fishing in New England.