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Warm Currents Cause Lobsters to Molt Early November 9, 2012
Lobster molting
A lobster leaving behind its old shell during molting.
Fishermen in the Canadian Maritime Provinces say lobsters are molting earlier than usual because of prolonged autumn warmth.

Ian MacPherson of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association told the CBC that abnormally warm ocean temperatures are causing some lobsters to shed their shells ahead of schedule.

“This year we saw things happen at different time periods that haven’t historically happened, so it’s something that the fishing community’s keeping a very close eye on,” he told the public broadcaster.

He added that fishermen are concerned the molting is affecting the catches they are taking to market.

The fishing group says it plans to make sure its practices are “in step with changing environmental conditions.”

Photo: Rich Galiano