Maine’s Department of Marine Resources says the population of baby lobsters appears to have plunged by nearly 50 percent from 2007 levels.
While there has been no conclusive explanation for the crustacean crash, scientists think warmer ocean temperatures, pollution and climate change could all be to blame.
It takes about eight years for lobsters to grow to legal catching size.
That means despite the record catches over the past two years, the lobster boom could soon be a thing of the past.
The plunge could return the delicacy to being the luxury item it once was.