PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND — P.E.I. lobster are molting earlier than usual.
“This year we saw things happen at different time periods that haven’st historically happened, so it’s something that the fishing community’s keeping a very close eye on,” Ian MacPherson, of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, is quoted as saying by CBC News.
Molting, a process of the shedding of lobster hard shell, could be a concern if it happens earlier than normal for a number of reasons, including the fact that the lobster could become more susceptible to disease.
According to The Vancouver Sun, the problem is affecting most Maritime lobsters, due to warmer ocean temperatures.