Mount Desert Islander notes UMaine research about blue crabs

In an article about blue crab populations increasing in the Gulf of Maine, the Mount Desert Islander cited research from the University of Maine which concluded that blue crabs are beginning to populate coastal areas in Maine, particularly in Casco Bay, at a time when the population in Chesapeake Bay has seen record low numbers. These findings signal a future shift in the commercial fishery. “This project may offer a window into how other creatures may be shifting their ranges. It’s a really great way of getting an early insight into what impacts climate change may have in the Gulf of Maine,” said Brandon Henry, a graduate student at the University of Maine researching blue crabs.