Comments for: Higher water temperature may give Maine too much of a good thing

Posted July 23, 2012, at 5:43 a.m.

Marine biologist Diane Cowan has documented swiftly rising temperatures in the entire Gulf of Maine for the past dozen years.

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  • 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. 

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