Fewer lobsters? Blame all those striped bass, I guess. So many of them that they are eating all the babies.
First, stripers and lobsters have co-existed forever. It’s not like they suddenly developed a taste for juvenile lobsters after a few millennia.
Second, lets suppose for the sake of argument that striped bass have suddenly started eating significantly more juvenile lobsters than ever before. Maybe it has something to do with the lack of a striped bass’ preferred forage–menhaden.
Third, don’t be surprised when this dopey logic is used to argue for an increased striped bass catch. When the Chesapeake crab fishery went in steep decline the baymen didn’t blame themselves–they blamed the striped bass and said they needed to catch more stripers to save the crabs.
Lobster populations in Southern New England are in dramatic decline and recovery is not likely to happen anytime soon.
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