Maine Lobsters Are Being Displaced by Wealthy Lobsters From Away

Gulf of Maine — Alarming preliminary results from a new study commissioned by federal scientist shows Maine lobsters are moving further east, as lobster from places like New York and Connecticut take over southern waters.

“We’ve never seen mass gentrification of lobster habitat like this before,” lead researcher Karl Kingsburg said.

“Maine lobster spend most of their lives on the rugged bottom beneath Maine’s frigid waters. But they face increase habitat competition from lobsters with much deeper pockets.”

The new lobsters are “putting tremendous strain on the natural Maine lobster habitat.”

When the new lobsters move in, they set about establishing themselves through community initiatives, taking over leadership roles, essentially changing the rules and making costs too high for native Maine lobsters to survive.

“These newer lobsters often consider the natural habitat of the Maine lobster filthy, almost beneath them, so they set about changing it to better suit their needs. ”

The unusual habits include socialization, as well.

“Maine lobster are sometimes accepted by the new breeds, until they’re no longer useful to them, after which the new breeds will gradually cease interactions and seethe with contempt at the mere sight of a Maine lobster.”

Stranger still, the lobsters from away will often try to live as a Maine lobster.

“They usually give that up once the snow flies,” Kingsburg said.

 

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14 thoughts on “Maine Lobsters Are Being Displaced by Wealthy Lobsters From Away”

  1. I heard that some of them “trust fund” lobsters from away have started a “back to the bottom” movement again, like they tried back in the Seventies. Good luck with that!

  2. The way I hear it, many lobsters from New York and Connecticut tend first leave Maine during the winter months and migrate to Florida eventually becoming year round residents down there where they devolve into “Florida Lobsters” – poor creatures with no claws not much better than crawfish.

  3. If I decide to move into a better lobster pool I definitely would be heading to NH. I wont be labeled a Ma.Hole lobby and I get to keep my teeth.. uhh I mean claws..

  4. ever read the Milagro Bean Field War? …. same sh*# happened to us in the northeast corner of CT in the 70’s. nothing but chicken farms, cows, lakes and woods, then C.F.A.’s ( come from away) showed up, got on the town council, next thing you know, can’t have chickens or cows… lakes are now privately owned, and woods are bulldozed… Maineiacs, don’t despair… i decided to move to the city………… and force them to the country

  5. They move here voluntarially, realize it isn’t like where they are from, and proceed to try and change Maine into how things are done in New York or Seattle. Then when we tell them we like it the way it is, the try and give us unsolicited advice and tell us we need to listen to them because they know how to live in Maine better than us native manners. I suggest we do what we do when we encounter a lobster not meeting the standard. Throw ‘em back!

  6. Afraid of the outside world? I thought you native Mainers were tough? Sounds like some thin skinned folks here. I pay property taxes and contribute to the local Maine economy just as much as the rest of you bellyachers. Afraid of a little diversity are ya? McCarthyism alive and well!!! Let’s all generalize about the “outsiders” and claim they are all out to change our way of life. Great way to live. Kiss my upstate NY born and raised ass. I’ll be there in the winter and during my retirement (God willing), so you can stop by anytime.

  7. Nicely written and poignant. I have been coming to Maine since 1987 and found it a place to escape the realities from away. I have been blessed to experience Maine and its homegrown residents and though I have a Maine home I would love to live in, family responsibilities require me to stay in NJ. Therefore I will continue to visit frequently, stay as long as I can and support and enjoy what is beautiful about the place I have grown to love and respect.

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