Sea of Change

The Gulf of Maine is warming at a faster rate than 99.9 percent of the world ocean, a trend with uncertain implications for the last great maritime fishery: American lobster. Every year, fishermen, scientists, and managers wait to see if the fishery reverses its fantastic growth, which has been a salutary effect of climate change over the past three decades. The gulf has as many horizons as it has islands, and nobody knows the whole thing. Like the story of the blind men and the elephant, every person you ask, even the most expert, will describe a different gulf to you, and a different crisis. What’s clear is that the ecosystems of the region have been shaped by many different pressures: domesticated by management, depleted by overfishing, shuffled by natural climatic cycles. The future of the gulf will depend not just on the trajectory of ocean warming, but on whether people can rethink the way we use the environment, and adapt to a changing world.


About Lucy Jakub

Lucy Jakub is an essayist and editor. She grew up on the coast of Maine. As a nonfiction major at Columbia University, she developed a mantra for her writing: “follow the weird.” After following the weird through the frat houses of the Upper West Side, it led her to more interesting subjects—bedbugs, blobfish, radiolarians, and speculative biology. Since graduating she has worked at The New York Review of Books, finding commissions for her favorite science writers, removing em dashes, and inserting Oxford commas. She hopes to continue to support print media and long-form journalism from the other side of the editor’s desk. When she’s not writing, she’s baking elaborate desserts for her friends and listening to Björk sing about plate tectonics. Thesis: Sea of Change


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