A glut of lobsters in Atlantic Canada that’s driving down prices for fishermen has scientists with Fisheries and Oceans Canada stumped.
Lobster populations are healthy, said Marc Lanteigne, the manager for aquatic resources for the gulf region.
“The increase is about three to four fold over the last 30, 40 years,” he said.
Catches have also jumped to about 20,000 tonnes in the past few years, up from 8,000 tonnes in 1975, said Lanteigne.
“The only thing that we know is that it’s a global factor for the entire range of lobster from Cape Cod to Labrador,” he said.
There are several theories ranging from climate change, to tougher regulations and changing wind patterns, but there’s no evidence to back up any of them, said Lanteigne.