Plight of the Lobster Lobster in Norway are on the vulnerable species list with stocks down 92% in the past 90 years. Yesterday NRK reported on efforts by researchers and local fishermen to develop innovative ways to reverse this trend and protect the fisheries. Lobsters also made the news in North America, with a story about the decline of baby lobster stocks off New England. Climate change is seen as a major driver, with the decline corresponding with rapid increase in water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, and a northward migration of lobster towards Canada and cooler temperatures. In Norway, researchers are looking at a return to older methods of fishings: pots which have smaller entrances and provide more opportunity for lobsters to escape. A return to less efficient ways is contrary to fishing culture, but might be pivotal in preserving this and other species of shellfish. For a success story on fisheries, see the story about habitat restoration for streams in Huu-ay-ahy rivers, and the recovery for Chinook and coho salmon. Mike Brubaker, Editor
A steel-framed building was broken apart by wind in Hafnarfjörður on Friday, search & rescue teams attended over a hundred call-outs, and Hellisheiði and other important roads were closed once more. February was one of the coldest and windiest for many years.
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The Northern Climate Observer is published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health. We track news from across the circumpolar north and provide readers with a curated roundup of climate change related events.