Commentary: We Can’t Afford To Be Blindsided By Ocean Acidification, Pingree Says

2015-11-12T13:25:18+00:00 November 12, 2015|
American lobster (Homarus americanus). (Credit: NEFSC/NOAA).

(Click to enlarge) American lobster (Homarus americanus). (Credit: NEFSC/NOAA).

A new measure would identify communities at risk if ocean changes were to affect the lobster fishery.

(From the Portland Press Herald / by Chellie Pingree) — For over 40 years now, I’ve lived on North Haven Island in Penobscot Bay. In my recent conversations there with lobstermen and others who work on the water – on North Haven and up and down the coast – one thing has become abundantly clear: The ocean that they and so many others in Maine depend on for their living isn’t the same as it was even 10 years ago.

I commend Press Herald Staff Writer Colin Woodard for his thorough coverage of the many ways climate change is negatively affecting the Gulf of Maine – among them, the shifting habitat of vital species; the boom of invasive species; and rising water temperatures that make it more difficult for pressured populations like cod to rebound. All of these issues have come together in a perfect storm of sorts to threaten the marine biodiversity that Maine’s coastal economy has been built on.

I’m working in Washington to raise alarm bells on these dire threats to the future of our coastal communities. I invite any of my colleagues who continue to ignore the realities of climate change to come to Maine to see it in action and talk to the men and women it’s already affecting.

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