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Climate Change: Lobster fishermen must adapt


Lobster fishermen want to change the dates of the fishing season to better adapt to climate change
Lobster fishermen want to change the dates of the fishing season to better adapt to climate change

Staff writers

October 22, 2012 — Climate change could force lobster fishermen in the Maritimes to change their fishing habits.

The lobster fishing season varies in different areas, but generally runs from April to July.
The lobster fishing season varies in different areas, but generally runs from April to July.

Fishermen and members of Maritime Lobster want to ask the Canadian government to adjust the fishing season starting next year to counter the impact of climate change.

In recent years, rising temperatures have caused the lobsters' molt earlier in the season, which makes them more vulnerable to disease.

Some fishermen want to adjust the timing of the season to avoid the hottest months of summer. 

According to the Lobster Council of Canada, this proposal was echoed by fishermen across the Maritimes. 
Warming also forces fishermen to change some of their practices. In some areas, lobsters excess can no longer be kept in pens underwater because the water is too hot. Producers of seafood must use refrigerated containers, which keep animals at a temperature of 3 degrees Celsius.

The lobster fishing season varies in different areas, but generally runs from April to July.

The Canadian Press

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