Boston Globe talks with Stoll about impact of aquaculture on Maine fisheries

The Boston Globe spoke with Joshua Stoll, an assistant professor of marine policy at the University of Maine, about anxiety among fishermen being fueled by efforts to establish large-scale ocean aquaculture facilities in Maine. Stoll, whose work focuses on the “human side” of fisheries, notes that Maine’s coastal towns and small community fisheries may not adjust easily to industrial fish farming. The Globe article cited a 2018 study of resilience in the lobster fishery co-authored by UMaine faculty Rick Wahle and Andrew Pershing, which indicates that lobster stocks in the Gulf of Maine are expected to drop by 62% by 2050 based on current climate change models, another concern for the state’s fishing industry.