Cohen: In Maine, what is a town to do when the lobsters leave?
Ottawa Citizen

By Andrew Cohen, Ottawa Citizen, September 5, 2017

VINALHAVEN, Maine – On the islands of coastal Maine, boys and girls mark the end of summer and their departure for the mainland by holding hands at the edge of the town pier and jumping into Penobscot Bay. It is a sweet seasonal ritual.

It is unlikely the kids have noticed that the ocean is warming. When they hit the water, they shriek and laugh, splashing around in the numbing cold. The temperature is 13 C.Yet scientists think global warming in the Gulf of Maine is happening faster than almost anywhere else. Some believe the ocean temperature here is rising at a half a degree a year. The effects are beginning to be seen on Vinalhaven, which sits 20 kilometers off the mid-coast of Maine.

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