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The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine's Greatest Fishery?

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From the author of Skipjack & The Melting World comes a mystery: the curious boom in America's beloved lobster industry and its p...

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Maine lobstermen have happened upon a bonanza along their rugged, picturesque coast. For the past five years, the lobster harvest has exceeded 125 million pounds, six times the record catch from the 1... 980s-unheard of in fisheries. In a detective story, scientists and fishermen explore various theories for the glut. Leading contenders are a sudden lack of predators and a recent wedge of warming waters, which may disrupt the reproductive cycle, a consequence of climate change. Christopher White's The Last Lobster follows three lobster captains-Frank, Jason, and Julie (one the few female skippers in Maine)-as they haul and set thousands of traps. Unexpectedly, boom may turn to bust, as the captains must fight a warming ocean, volatile prices, and rough weather to keep their livelihood afloat. The three captains work longer hours, trying to make up in volume what they lack in price. As a result, we find 3 million lobster traps on the bottom of the Gulf of Maine, while Frank, Jason, and others call for a reduction of traps in order to boost prices. The Maine lobstering towns are among the first American communities to confront global warming, and the survival of the Maine Coast depends upon their efforts. It may be an uphill battle to create a sustainable catch as high temperatures are already displacing lobsters northward toward Canadian waters-out of reach of American fishermen. The last lobster may be just ahead.
  • Format: Hardback
  • Publication Date: 12/06/2018
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Illustrations: Includes one map plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Pages: 256
  • Dimensions (mm): 241x165x23mm
  • Weight: 444g
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  • Format:Hardback
  • Publication Date: 12/06/2018
  • Author:Christopher White

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