The future of the New England market

The Washington Post reported on the lobster and fish market of New England with their “Gone in a Generation.” Because the change in sea temperatures, lobster is moving northward from Rhode Island and whelk is moving in their stead, according to the Washington Post.

“The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, dramatically disrupting fishery patterns and creating new winners — and losers,” Washington Post said.

Over time, the lobster population has decreased in Rhode Island. The lobster population has not increased by 3 million since 2005 and it did not increase over 2 million in 2017 off the coast of Rhode Island, according to the Washington Post.

For Rhode Island’s lobsterman to stay afloat, they catch whelk and sea bass as well as lobster, the Washington Post reported.

While Rhode Island had less lobster, Maine had more lobster. Due to the change in sea temperatures, researchers have found that lobster is moving northward, Washington Post said.

Published by Heather Roberts

Hello, I'm a 30-something science writer. I have my bachelor's degree in communication and media, and my associate's degree in liberal studies with a science concentration.

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