Scientists: Warming Ocean Waters Affecting Fishing Industry

PORTLAND, Maine — Scientists say the water in the Gulf of Maine is warming and that it is having an effect on the state's fishing industry.

"We've gone through a period of really quite rapid warming over the last 10 years. So between 2004 and 2013, the Gulf of Maine warmed by an average of about 1 degree Fahrenheit every year," said scientist Andy Pershing.

Pershing said that warning trend has led to changes in the ecosystem.

"Northern shrimp, as their name suggests, are northerly species. They like really cold water, and as the waters have warmed up over the last 10 years, that population has gone down to the point where we can't have a fishery for them anymore," said Pershing.

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