Black Sea Bass Threaten Local Lobster Population
An influx of rare sea bass might be starting to decrease the amount of lobsters available off of the New England coastline, making that lobster dinner you look forward to more expensive.
Black sea bass normally inhabit the east coast from Florida to Cape Cod, with some of them reaching the Maine coast. Because the waters in the Atlantic Ocean around us have warmed up, the bass have followed. They feed on lobsters and fishermen have been warning of a drop in the number of lobsters available because of it.
They suggest opening black sea bass up to more fishing to keep them from preying on lobsters. According to NH-1 News, lobster numbers may be at an all time low in southern New England. NOAA tracks the black sea bass on their "Fishwatch" web site.