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Lobsters attacking and eating one another, especially in captivity, is nothing new, but a University of Maine marine biology student says these days, lobsters are more likely to be killed and eaten by one another than by any other predator.
 
 
In a report by the international climate journalism project Climate Desk, UMaine student Noah Oppenheim says he attaches a waterproof, infrared camera to young lobsters and drops them to the sea floor to see who would come out to eat it. The answer: Lobsters, more than 90 percent of the time.
 
The report says that the warmer waters in recent years, along with overfishing of lobsters’ natural predators, have made lobsters grow larger and produce more offspring. Lobstermen have noticed the difference, as haul sizes have increased and the price of lobster has dropped.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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