The Last Lobster by Christopher White
Boom or Bust for Maine's Greatest Fishery?

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There are no shortcuts, for aquaculture doesn’t work for lobsters, and other species are dwindling alongside the crustaceans...A solid demonstration of why those who have a taste for lobster rolls better eat up while they can.
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From the author of Skipjack & The Melting World comes a mystery: the curious boom in America’s beloved lobster industry and its probable crash

Maine lobstermen have happened upon a bonanza along their rugged, picturesque coast. For the past five years, the lobster population along the coast of Maine has boomed, resulting in a lobster harvest six times the size of the record catch from the 1980s―an event unheard of in fisheries. In a detective story, scientists and fishermen explore various theories for the glut. Leading contenders are a sudden lack of predators and a recent wedge of warming waters, which may disrupt the reproductive cycle, a consequence of climate change.

Christopher White's The Last Lobster follows three lobster captains―Frank, Jason, and Julie (one the few female skippers in Maine)―as they haul and set thousands of traps. Unexpectedly, boom may turn to bust, as the captains must fight a warming ocean, volatile prices, and rough weather to keep their livelihood afloat. The three captains work longer hours, trying to make up in volume what they lack in price. As a result, there are 3 million lobster traps on the bottom of the Gulf of Maine, while Frank, Jason, and others call for a reduction of traps. This may in boost prices. The Maine lobstering towns are among the first American communities to confront global warming, and the survival of the Maine Coast depends upon their efforts.

It may be an uphill battle to create a sustainable catch as high temperatures are already displacing lobsters northward toward Canadian waters―out of reach of American fishermen. The last lobster may be just ahead.

 

About Christopher White

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CHRISTOPHER WHITE has written several books and has been published in National Geographic, Exploration, Chesapeake Journal, and multiple other publications. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Published June 5, 2018 by St. Martin's Press. 256 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 01 2018

There are no shortcuts, for aquaculture doesn’t work for lobsters, and other species are dwindling alongside the crustaceans...A solid demonstration of why those who have a taste for lobster rolls better eat up while they can.

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Reviewed by Peter Lewis on Jun 22 2018

White writes with a plain-spoken comfort, but now and then pulls out the stops: “Despite the generous moon, the sea is still ebony black. Up ahead, the running lights of Jason’s Seahawk give us some purchase on the night.” — words as ethereal as the sweet meat of a boiled lobster.

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