Ian MacPherson of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association told the CBC that abnormally warm ocean temperatures are causing some lobsters to shed their shells ahead of schedule.
“This year we saw things happen at different time periods that haven’t historically happened, so it’s something that the fishing community’s keeping a very close eye on,” he told the public broadcaster.
He added that fishermen are concerned the molting is affecting the catches they are taking to market.
The fishing group says it plans to make sure its practices are “in step with changing environmental conditions.”
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