News Center Maine quotes Wahle in article on climate change in Maine
News Center Maine quoted Rick Wahle, director of the University of Maine Lobster Institute, in an article on the effects of climate change in Maine. Data from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute shows that temperatures in the Gulf have warmed about 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1982, according to the article. Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer at the institute and an associate professor in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, said summer 2018 saw higher surface water temperatures than ever. One concern related to the temperature increase is that if it continues, it could lead to an increase in lobster shell disease, News Center Maine reported. “Every year we have a warm year — like 2012 and 2013, we see a bump up in shell disease the following year. So it is a concern,” said Wahle.