Did climate change cause the Great Lobster Invasion of 2012?
It has been a banner year for lobstermen along the New England coast, where the harvest has been of epic proportions. They’re probably not getting rich on it, though — the lobster invasion has driven prices down.
In the latest episode of Slow Ride Stories, our climate-talking heroes Erik and Albert head down to the hahbah in Gloucester, Mass., to talk lahbstah with some of the men who know these clawed crustaceans best. We learn a little about how the critters work, and what locals are saying about the role of climate change in this uncharacteristic year.
A local lobster wholesaler says he’s not convinced that climate change has anything to do with the warmer-than-usual waters that likely led to the bounty this year. A lobster fisherman and wooden boat builder quips, “Maybe Al Gore is right.”
Erik Fyfe and Albert Thrower are traveling across the Northeast by motorcycle, talking with a wide range of people about their perceptions of climate change and experiences with extreme weather. Their aim is to spark conversations about the changing climate and collect local stories about how it may impact everyday Americans. Find all of the Slow Ride Stories here.