Please invest in Our Daily Planet today, by making a one time or monthly contribution.
We do not charge our readers a subscription fee for our content. We want to continue to grow our readership, particularly among millennials and public servants. Voluntary contributions from readers will help us employ interns and freelance journalists, expand our content, and reach a larger audience.
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 the moratorium beyond 2021 given that the population is small and shrinking.
“Looking at recent data hasn’t been very encouraging, and as you know, the ocean temperature isn’t cooling,” Dustin Colson Leaning, a fishery management plan coordinator for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, told the Associated Press.
Fishers and Farmers: While Maine’s traditional fisheries face an uncertain future, some people are banking on another kind of aquaculture: kelp. Most American kelp farms are off the coast of Maine, whose harvest is projected to grow from 54,000 pounds in 2018 to 3 million pounds in 2035. As the Boston Globe reports, “it’s an audacious experiment in a country that does not traditionally eat much seaweed, but it is seen as essential to bolstering Maine’s fragile economy” with other fisheries harmed by climate change.
Maine is also home to an underwater carbon capture project using kelp to pull carbon dioxide out of the air and sink to the bottom of the ocean.
“We’re just fishing for carbon now, and kelp’s the net,” boat captain and fisherman Rob Odlin told NPR.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]
Last weekend, an estimated 144,000 gallons of heavy crude oil leaked from an underwater pipeline in California, making for one of the largest spills in recent state history. While federal regulators have enacted protections for some federal lands and waters, they’re still a long way from reaching President Biden’s 30×30 goal. But the longer they […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer More information has come to light about the estimated 144,000 gallons of oil that spilled off the coast of Huntington Beach, California. Federal transportation investigators say the likely cause of the spill was a ship’s anchor, which caught and dragged an almost mile-long section of the pipe across the […]
Our Daily Planet is your daily dose of the stories shaping our world and the ways that you can take action. From the climate crisis to the protection of biodiversity, if these issues matter to you then please subscribe & stay informed!
Your privacy is Important! We promise never to use your email address to send you spam or advertisements.