Standing on the Portland waterfront, leaders from the lobster industry joined members of Maine's conservation and scientific community to convey the dangers posed to the state's iconic crustacean by carbon pollution. Currently, the lobster industry contributes $1 billion a year to Maine's economy, and draws millions of tourists to communities like Portland each year. Warming waters in New England, fueled by carbon pollution, have already led to a mass northern migration of lobster and left the lobster industry there devastated. Now scientists say the Gulf of Maine may suffer a similar fate if swift action is not taken to address climate change.
"Warming ocean temperatures could shift suitable lobster habitat north" warned Dr. Rick Wahle, marine biologist and research professor at the University of Maine. Reducing the carbon emissions that fuel the climate change will stem the warming and acidifying of Maine's waters, and help ensure that Maine's lobster industry can continue to thrive. That's why speakers like Emmie Theberge, with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, declared their support for President Obama's climate plan and called on Maine's elected officials to join them.
"The problems will only get worse until we take action at the national level to reduce carbon pollution. Today we continue to urge Senators Collins and King to provide whatever support they can to reduce dangerous carbon pollution, especially from power plants. Maine's future depends on it."
Learn more about the threat carbon emissions pose to the lobster's ecosystem and Maine's economy.