This Stock Has Collapsed: Warm Water Cancels Shrimp Season

by
Abby Zimet

For the first time in 35 years, fisheries officials have recommended shutting down the 2014 Northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine, where water temperatures have been running about 5 degrees warmer than the previous hundred year average. They cite a "collapsed" stock, adding, "Three successive years of recruitment failure and continuing warm temperatures indicate poor prospects for the near future." Lobster may be next, possibly followed by moving to Planet B. No, wait....

“Decisions like this one show how fishermen are on the front lines of the battle against climate change.This is not a nebulous, maybe-someday-in-the-future problem." — Michael Conathan at the Center for American Progress.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Won't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: