Maine and Canadian fishermen know the North Atlantic and its many moods and seasons. In Maine, Portland’s Gulf of Maine Research Institute completed a recent study reflecting the perspectives of some Maine lobstermen who have experienced the impact of climate change on their northern fishery.
A New York Times article noted Maine lobstermen’s commitment to conservation: “The lobstermen clip the tails of egg-bearing female lobsters and release them, a practice called V-notching that began voluntarily in the late 19th century and was later mandated by law. They throw back lobsters that already have V-notches, alongside lobsters that are smaller than 3.25 inches or larger than five, measured from the eye socket to the base of the tail. These measures help conserve the brood stock, ensuring that the lobsters continue to repopulate.
“It allowed them to take advantage of the boom, and it’s going to give them some resiliency to the changes that we think are coming,” said Andrew Pershing, the chief scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and a lead author of the study.”
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