New Study Notes Changes in Lobster Molt Timing and Gulf of Maine Temperature Shifts
A new report finds that increased variation in lobster molt timing is related to changing ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine. The study provides a quantified time series for when the crustaceans annually shed their shells.
Understanding that relationship is critical to the lobster industry and the sustainability of the resource. The study, published in the journal Fisheries Oceanography, was led by then UMaine graduate student Kevin Staples, who was pursuing a dual master's degree in marine biology and marine policy.
The study team included ...
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