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American lobster nurseries of southern New England receding in the face of climate change
Description: Historically, southern New England has supported one of the most productive American lobster (Homarus americanus) fisheries of the northeast United States. Recently, the region has seen dramatic declines in lobster populations coincident with a trend of increasingly stressful summer warmth and shell disease. Here, investigators report significant declines in the abundance, distribution, and size composition of juvenile lobsters that have accompanied the warming trend in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, since the first comprehensive survey of lobster nurseries conducted there in 1990. [Source: ICES Journal of Marine Science]
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Source: ICES Journal of Marine Science
Publish Date: 3/8/2016
Reading Level: Expert
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