A big shift is coming to the Maine lobster population — and it could devastate the local economy

Posted 2015-07-07

By Cody Sullivan / Business Insider

Fishermen used to go out at 5 a.m. and come home at 3 p.m.

But now, Susie Arnold, a researcher at the Island Institute who works with local communities, says that fisherman are beginning to buy larger boats to make longer, even overnight, trips to where the lobsters now live.

And while government climate reports recognize moving lobster fisheries as a potential issue, Maine doesn’t have any solutions in place to help the fisherman.

So local communities, with the help of people at the Island Institute, are looking into other fisheries, like shellfish and seaweed aquaculture, to diversify their income if the local lobster fishery collapses.