Warmer Waters Threaten Maine’s Shrimp Fishery

Warmer Waters Threaten Maine’s Shrimp Fishery

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Lobster isn’t Maine’s only tasty crustacean: shrimp from the New England state were once a seasonal delicacy. But the fishery has been closed since 2013, and the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine has made survival difficult for the cold-water shrimp. This fall, a regulatory board is likely to extend […]

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Atlantic Ocean Currents Appear To Be Changing; So May Hurricane Season

Atlantic Ocean Currents Appear To Be Changing; So May Hurricane Season

In a little-noticed report that could have major implications for both the Eastern U.S. and Europe, scientists announced last week that Atlantic Ocean currents are thought to be 15% weaker than in 1950The Washington Post explained, saying that the “system of currents that includes the Florida Current and the Gulf Stream, is now ‘in its weakest state in over a millennium.'”

Why This Matters: We need to understand both these phenomena better to predict climate events.  They are quite a coincidence.

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Shellfish Can’t Stand Climate Crisis

Shellfish Can’t Stand Climate Crisis

New England’s iconic lobster roll and summer clam bake are at risk: ocean acidification caused by climate change makes it difficult for their outer shells to form. With no action, crustacean shells in the Gulf of Maine will begin to dissolve in the next 40 years, according to a new report looking specifically at the impact of ocean acidification in Massachusetts. 

Why this Matters: For marine life, the impacts of acidification will alter the ocean ecosystem.

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