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Climate Change Means Challenges and Opportunities for Maine, Speakers Say

Jun 15, 2015

Portland Press Herald: Those are some of the gloomy scenarios presented during a daylong summit Friday measuring the impact of climate change on Maine’s economy if carbon dioxide emissions continue to grow at the current pace.

Among the speakers was Andy Pershing, chief science officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. He said lobsters will be vulnerable on two fronts: Warmer water brings predators such as hake into the Gulf of Maine in greater numbers, and it makes lobsters susceptible to a disease that softens their shells – a condition that decimated Rhode Island’s lobster fishery.

He said the ecology of the Gulf of Maine will become similar to waters off New Jersey.

“If you like New Jersey, I guess you will like the future,” he said. “But I like Maine.”