Maine’s lobstermen caught between climate change and trade wars

Mike Remkiewicz is in a pretty pessimistic mood as he hauls lobster traps onto his boat in Ogunquit, a picturesque town in southern Maine which owes its livelihood to fishing and tourism.

In common with other lobstermen in the town, Mr Remkiewicz, 53, does not see a bright future ahead for the industry which has been synonymous with the state since the mid 19th century.

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Last year lobster landings fell from 133 million pounds to 111 million pounds, a drop which has set alarm bells ringing.

“It’s terrible. With everything that’s happening, I  am glad I am not 20 years old any more,” said Mr Remkiewicz.

Lobstermen Bob McIntire, Mike Remkiewicz and Jack Bastille

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“I think it’s climate change. We have never had 70 degree (21C) water like we are seeing this…

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