PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A diverse group representing Maine’s lobster, tourism, conservation and environmental interests is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about climate change they say is threatening Maine’s lobster population.
Representatives from the Maine Lobster Council, Ready Seafood Co., the Maine Restaurant Association, the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center and the Natural Resources Council of Maine said Tuesday that carbon pollution from power plants, cars and elsewhere is warming up and acidifying waters in the Gulf of Maine.
They say warmer waters drive lobsters to migrate to colder waters and make them more susceptible to disease.
The group held a press conference at Portland Lobster Co. restaurant on the Portland waterfront.
Maine lobstermen last year caught a record 126 million pounds valued at $339 million to fishermen.