Increasing water temperatures might put life of baby lobsters in danger

Increasing water temperatures might put life of baby lobsters in danger

If the ocean waters keep on becoming warmer day by day then the survival of baby lobsters might not possible for long. Maine scientists have come up with this finding in their latest study. Maine is very closely associated with lobster.

According to scientists affiliated with the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the fining may indicate a bad news for the future of one of the most beloved seafood treats of America and the industry that runs because of lobsters.

The study researchers discovered that lobster larvae faced problems in survival when in water 5 degrees Fahrenheit hotter in comparison to the temperatures presently typical of the western Gulf of Maine, a main lobster fishing region off of New England.

It is the same temperature, (five degrees) that as per the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would warm the temperature of the Gulf of Maine by the year 2100.

The study has appeared in the scientific journal ICES Journal of Marine Science this month. Jesica Waller, one of the study's authors said that the paper may prove a wakeup call about how the lobster fishery has been facing a looming climate crisis already visible in southern New England.

Waller said, “There has been near total collapse in Rhode Island, the southern end of fishery, and we know our waters are getting warmer. We are hoping this research can be jumping off point for more research into how lobsters might do over next century”.

Presently, the lobster catch in the country is strong, rates are sky-touching and steady and the industry has started spanning over Asia with new markets. It is the continent where a growing middle class is desperately waiting for one of America's seafood status symbols.


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