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P.E.I. researcher collaborates across borders to learn how climate change will impact lobster


Fraser Clark is collaborating with researchers at the University of Maine to look at the impact of climate change on lobsters. – Contributed A team of researchers, including a scientist from Prince Edward Island, is working to ensure that lobsters continue to thrive, in spite of climate change.

New research by the University of Maine, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island has found ocean acidification and rising temperature have caused changes to lobsters’ immune system and shell production.

Researchers worked together across borders to look ahead to ocean conditions in the year 2100 to see the impacts of climate change on a molecular level.

“Ocean acidification is really happening now, whereas, temperature is happening now but is going to get worse. In the Gulf of Maine, it is warming faster than 99 per cent of the water on earth, so it’s really a hotbed for changing temperatures,” said Fraser Clark, a former Kensington, P.E.I., resident and currently a researcher with Dalhousie University, who is one of the authors of the study.

Clark was at the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI when he first teamed up with researchers from the University of Maine to study the lobster larvae.

“They really wanted […]

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