We’ve heard and read a lot about the alarming increase in green crabs in coastal waters, and the devastating impact the crabs have had on mussels and clams. Lobsters may be next. The city of Brunswick even appropriated $100,000 to work with local clammers to try to save their clam flats.
Warming coastal water seems to be the problem, caused by global warming. Crabs are thriving in the warmer water.
We have heard far less about the impact of climate change on inland fisheries, but perhaps we started to change that yesterday, when I participated in the roll-out of a new report from the National Wildfire Federation titled, “Swimming Upstream: Freshwater Fish in a Warming World.”
The Natural Resources Council of Maine organized the event, a telephone news conference, moderated by NRCM’s Dylan Voorhees. Joining me on the panel were Eric Orff, a National Wildlife Federation wildlife biologist, and Jason McKenzie, owner of New Hampshire’s Suds n’ Soda store that sells sporting goods and caters to sportsmen.