Interactive StoryMap: How the American lobster is dealing with a changing environment

American lobsters (Homarus americanus) are resilient creatures, but they are experiencing rapid changes to their ocean environment. Three researchers participating in the Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative (ALI) have pulled together the latest science explaining how warming waters in the Gulf of Maine impact lobsters at all life stages – from egg to adult. Check out the StoryMap they’ve put together.

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The Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program, is addressing critical knowledge gaps about American lobster and its iconic fishery in a dynamic and changing environment. The initiative, which began in 2019, supports both scientific research and a regional Sea Grant extension program in the Northeast U.S. Together, the research and extension components of this initiative will develop and share new knowledge and understanding with industry stakeholders and resource managers from Maine to New York.

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close up of a lobster's head
MITLobster photo, credit MIT

photo of many banded lobsters in shallow water
Photo: Chris BartlettLobsters photo, credit Chris Bartlett

close up of banded lobster
Photo: Mike Ross, UNH Photographic Services Lobster photo, credit Mike Ross

stacked lobster traps
Photo: Kathlyn Tenga-GonzálezLobster traps photo, credit Kathlyn Tenga-González

lobster boat sailing
Photo: Rebecca IrelanLobster vessel, photo Rebecca Irelan

lobsterman holding a lobster in each hand in front of a sign reading 'Lobster and Crabs at "off the boat" prices'
Photo: RI Sea GrantLobsterman photo courtesy RI Sea Grant

lobster with scientific equipment strapped to body
Photo: Mike Ross, UNH Photographic ServicesLobster research photo, Mike Ross

lobster held in gloved hands
Photo: Rebecca IrelanLobster on vessel photo, credit Rebecca Irelan