Comments for: Higher water temperature may give Maine too much of a good thing Higher water temperature may give Maine too much of a good thing Marine biologist Diane Cowan has documented swiftly rising temperatures in the entire Gulf of Maine for the past dozen years. Read More Higher water temperature may give Maine too much of a good thing Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. You may be ticked off at what someone did or said, but you can explain that without resorting to name-calling or obscenity. Remember that young people are on this site too. That nasty line that makes your buddies go "haw, haw"? You're better than that. Comments should be your own work, not copied and pasted from elsewhere, though brief quoted passages to make your point are fine. And please don't use all capital letters. There's no need to shout. Stay focused on the issue in the article. Off-topic posts will be deleted. This isn't a forum to chat about your personal life. Some ideas — the fate of the earth, abortion, gun control, the nature of God — aren't going to be resolved in a reader forum, so no need to get frustrated if others don't see your point of view. State your position once and leave it at that. If you mouse over each comment you will see a "Flag" button. Please use it if you feel comments on the site are out of line. Quite often, we won't see a comment until it's reported. Questions about why a comment was — or wasn't — deleted? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous I find it discouraging that someone could draw a connection between Obama and the situation of Maine’s lobstermen. It’s not within the purview of most lobstermen to understand macroeconomics, and those who do understand would still have had a hard time anticipating the consequences of what was happening, but: the current predicament of extremely low lobster prices is directly attributable to an oversupply of lobster, i.e. too many lobster were/have been taken so far this year, particularly when they appeared early. You too would simply have seen a bonanza and a big, early payday. However: all things in good measure. If you produce more than is anticipated and capable of being processed by processing plants and consumed by retail markets, you’re going to end up with a lot of lobsters that no one wants, or can consume fast enough. So, the only way to sell is to bring the price closer and closer to free. The ‘strike’ is the best answer; however, it’s 3 months too late to affect the market substantially. There isn’t much else that can have a better impact though. It’d be nice to think that the state could help, but the quickest thing that they could do would be to buy lots of lobster/subsidize the lobstermen. However, doing so would only encourage continued fishing in what is -this year- an unsustainable fashion, not to mention stretch a budget that is already in the tank. No win-win here. No one wants to punish anyone. This is just how the world works. Think Greece. Sympathize. Anonymous “A better theory is global warming” Yes that exlains it…:) Anonymous What else explains, both, all the soft shelled lobster so early in season and the rising water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, to you, then, sir ? Please, do tell us all your secret joke. : } Anonymous To publish such speculation and out right guessing is irresponsible at best. NONE of these “lobster experts” have spent half the time on a boat in the ocean as they have turning pages of books published by people whom in like fashion done the same. To continue the doom and gloom this year could be the year the population crashes is a worn out record. Get off your thumbs and get your noses out of our business; if we need any guesses on the record we will be sure to contact. The BDN continues to portray Maine fisherman with a brush of ignorance, and it is getting sickening!!! Anonymous Not to change the subject, but I’ve noticed much fewer bees this summer than I am used to. Anyone else noticed this also? Anonymous Yes,the bee balm is in full bloom with barley a bee bumbling.