The Feast-Or-Famine Life Of Lobstering In Maine

The lobster industry has always been a rollercoaster of a profession — with lobstermen (and women) risking their lives to bring in the biggest catches.

In recent years, though, global warming has heightened the rhythm of this already delicate dance: Warmer ocean temperatures lead to a glut of lobsters flooding the market, but water that is too warm can lead to dead lobsters at the bottom of the sea.

“The irony is that the same factor that was causing the boom could be leading to a bust,” says author Christopher White, whose latest book, “The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine’s Greatest Fishery?,” chronicles the unstable nature of one of the state’s most iconic professions — and how global warming has been adding to its uncertainty.

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