Thanks to last winter’s unusually warm temperatures, North Atlantic lobsters got a head start on mating season this year, and have been procreating like crazy since six weeks ahead of season. As a natural consequence, Maine lobstermen are experiencing a serious glut of lobster, reports the Wall Street Journal.
If you’re thinking “Yummy, cheap lobster rolls for everyone!” or guiltily conceding that maybe climate change isn’t all bad, what with warm winters and “too many lobsters,” you might want to slow your (lobster) roll.
Because the fact is, while this lobster glut issue is good news for a few people in Maine who can currently buy lobsters off the truck for $4 per pound, it’s bad news for lobstermen and nature, and no news for us, as the young lobsters being harvested have shells so thin they can’t be tranported.
Lobstermen have a cut-off point where the prices are too low to make working worthwhile, Randy Johnson, manager of the Winter Harbor Lobster Co-op told WSJ. Prices have fallen as low as $1.25—70% below normal. Though they’ve been bringing in extra-large hauls, they haven’t been making enough money to turn a profit on their boats, and many have docked because of it.
So if you’re looking for a silver lining in this climate change situation, move along. While a few in Maine will have cheap lobster meat this summer, most of us will keep paying $18 a roll as lobstermen struggle to turn a buck.