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Lobsters tell tale of climate change

A fisherman in Maine returns an undersized lobster

A fisherman in Maine returns an undersized lobster on May 21, 2013. Fishermen in northern New England have been catching record numbers of lobsters, but south of Cape Cod, the lobster population has plummeted to the lowest levels ever seen. Photo Credit: AP / Robert F. Bukaty

3.3 million

That's the poundage of lobster caught in 2013 in New England south of Cape Cod, including Long Island Sound -- down from 22 million in 1997. The number of lobsters fell 80 percent.

Overfishing has been a problem in the Sound, but the bigger culprit could be warming oceans driving the lobsters north. The colder Gulf of Maine has more than double the adult lobsters of 20 years ago. Whether distance affects the cost of a local lobster roll, our lobster industry has been decimated, another reason to get serious about climate change.

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