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Shrimp Depletion in Gulf of Maine Part of a Pattern Across the Globe

Nov 7, 2014

Portland Press Herald: Marine scientists see the collapse of local shrimp stocks as part of a global pattern reflecting the impact of rising sea temperatures.

Because of their small size, short life spans and sensitivity to temperatures, shrimp serve as a “canary” of global warming, said Andrew Pershing, an oceanographer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

The Gulf of Maine has been warming at a rate of 0.09 degrees annually over the past 50 years, but in the last decade the warming has accelerated and is nearly half a degree (0.50) annually, he said.