Sunday, May 5, 2013

Boston, home of the blue crab?

Washington Post, quoting the new Pew report on fisheries:

The “domestic harvest, export, distribution, and retailing of seafood in America . . . generates more than $116 billion in sales and employs more than 1 million people,” according to the report. “Recreational fishing adds nearly $50 billion and more than 327,000 jobs to that total.”

Apparently there is a conference happening this week in DC on the subject of fisheries, since Congress is considering re-authorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. While that statistic is the money shot, one other line in the newspaper ought to make Marylanders' blood run cold:

"Off the coast of Maine, lobsters are molting six weeks to two months earlier than normal, and blue crabs, a Mid-Atlantic shellfish, have been found in New England waters as they and other sea life move toward Earth’s poles to escape warmer seas, Crockett said."

I wonder what it would take to move the crabs that far north? Thankfully, unless climate change happens faster than anyone expects, I won't be here to see that!

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