DV-07-011 Maine lobster fishery climate change impact assessment

Robert Snyder
Island Institute

P.O. Box 648
386 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
P. 207.594.9209

The Island Institute in Rockland, Maine, coordinated an assessment of climate change impacts on the Maine lobster fishery. They completed several months of research on fishermen’s observations regarding trends in weather, climate, water temperature, runoff, and salinity in relation to lobster population dynamics. The project considered not only the effects on lobster biology, but also how climate change may influence lobstering communities. The Institute issued a report synthesizing findings of the fishermen’s observations. The target audiences are fishing communities, scientists, and policymakers, including legislators, state and federal managers, and municipal officials.

1-year project, 2008
Total: $3,500