What’s Behind the Lobster Boom

Especially since the Fancy Food Show, I’ve been saying lobster is the new tuna (the canned kind). What was once a relatively rare luxury is everywhere and relatively affordable; Luke’s Lobster has built a chainlet selling $15 lobster rolls, while a Maine entrepreneur has built a business marketing the likes of lobster macaroni and cheese and lobster flatbreads. Somehow I knew there had to be a downside. And today Tom Philpott over at Mother Jones has confirmed my suspicion. Climate change and overfishing in the Gulf of Maine have created a lobster boom, but naturally it’s probably unsustainable. His piece is well worth the quick read. Luckily, he ends on an upnote. Lobsters are fierce creatures. They may evolve better than humans will.

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