Ocean warming blamed for lobster population moving north out of Connecticut

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PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has plummeted to the lowest levels on record in southern New England. But it has climbed to heights never before seen in northern New England, in the cold waters off Maine.

Scientists say one of the chief reasons for the northward shift is that the ocean is getting warmer.

The trend is driving lobstermen in Connecticut and Rhode Island out of business. And some regulators say there’s not much they can do about the problem because it’s largely environmental.