Gulf of Maine Temps Above Normal
A warm winter has led to increased temperatures in the Gulf of Maine. It's a trend that's accelerated in the past decade and is particularly noticeable this year. While great for swimmers and beach-goers, the question many are wondering is how this will effect the growth and reproduction cycles as well as the distribution of marine life in the gulf.
There are concerns that lobsters will molt earlier than usual and algae will bloom ahead of schedule. There is also worry that while there may be higher growth rates, food and resources do not exist to maintain significantly higher populations. On March 23 the surface water temperature near Portland was 45.5 degrees — six to ten degrees higher than what it was ten years prior. Read more about the potential effects and causes at the Boston Herald.