MPBN: A warm winter has Maine’s lobster industry bracing for an early start to the spring molting season.
Scientists say it is likely to start earlier than the norm, but they don’t expect a repeat of the 2012 season, when a record glut of soft-shell lobster kept prices low and hurt lobstermen.
“This is definitely going to be an anomalous season,” says Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
Pershing says another early soft-shell season is in its way. But he also says the institute’s initial predictions that warm winter waters could produce a super early start may not come to pass.