December 12, 2018
Environment Latest News | Joyce McLain | Ranked-Choice Voting | Anthony Cipolle | Today's Paper

Baby lobsters in deep water off Maine could be a good sign

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A lobster guards the entrance to a lobster trap on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean off Biddeford, Sept. 5, 2018.

CUTLER, Maine — A scientist with the University of Maine says the discovery of baby lobsters in the deep waters off eastern Maine could be good news for the lobster fishery.

UMaine’s Richard Wahle has been tracking baby lobsters in New England and Canada since the 1980s. Recent results have shown fewer babies settling off Maine, which could mean fewer adult lobsters for fishermen to trap in years to come.

But the Portland Press Herald reports Wahle has found lobsters more than 250 feet below the water’s surface. He says eastern Maine used to be a “settlement desert” but that appears to be changing.

Wahle says he’ll need to collect more data in coming years. But he also says the findings could explain why so many lobsters are being caught off eastern Maine.

Follow the Bangor Daily News on Facebook for the latest Maine news.

 


Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

You may also like