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Ocean Shock

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Lobster's great migration sets up boom and bust
Standing on the seawall after hauling lobster traps for about 12 hours on a foggy day this August, Drew Eaton says he's making plenty of money to cover the boat loan. He's unloaded 17 crates, each carrying 90 pounds of lobster, for a total haul of nearly $5,500. It's a pretty typical day for him.

Eaton belongs to a new generation of Maine lobstermen who are riding high, for now, on a sweet spot of climate change. Two generations ago, the entire New England coast had a thriving lobster industry. Today, lobster catches have collapsed in southern New England, and the only state with a significant harvest is north in Maine, where the seafood practically synonymous with the state has exploded.

The thriving crustaceans have created a kind of nautical gold rush, with some young lobstermen making well into six figures a year. But it's a boom with a bust already written in its wake, and the lobstermen of the younger generation may well pay the highest price. Not only have they heavily mortgaged themselves with pricey custom boats in the rush for quick profits, they'll also bear the brunt of climate change – not to mention the possible collapse of the lobstering industry in Maine as the creatures flourish ever northward.
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October 30, 2018
A lobsterman walks to work in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture taken July 7, 2017. To...
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A lobsterman walks to work in Stonington
A lobsterman walks to work in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture taken July 7, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobsterman Drew Eaton, 27, stands aboard his boat in Stonington, Maine, U.S., December 11, 2017. Picture...
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Lobsterman Drew Eaton, 27, stands aboard his boat in Stonington
Lobsterman Drew Eaton, 27, stands aboard his boat in Stonington, Maine, U.S., December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lindsay Copeland Frazier holds lobsters caught on her father's boat Jericho's Way at Greenhead Lobster...
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Lindsay Copeland Frazier holds lobsters caught on her father's boat Jericho's Way at Greenhead Lobster...
Lindsay Copeland Frazier holds lobsters caught on her father's boat Jericho's Way at Greenhead Lobster in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 5, 2017. Picture taken July 5, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Men carry lobster traps at Greenhead Lobster docks in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture...
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Men carry lobster traps at Greenhead Lobster docks in Stonington
Men carry lobster traps at Greenhead Lobster docks in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture taken July 7, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobsters are seen in a crate after being brought in by a lobsterman in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July...
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Lobsters are seen in a crate after being brought in by a lobsterman in Stonington
Lobsters are seen in a crate after being brought in by a lobsterman in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 5, 2017. Picture taken July 5, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
A lobsterman carries traps after unloading lobsters in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 5, 2017. Picture...
Stonington, UNITED STATES
A lobsterman carries traps after unloading lobsters in Stonington
A lobsterman carries traps after unloading lobsters in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 5, 2017. Picture taken July 5, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
A lobster boats pulls out of the harbour at sunrise in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 6, 2017. Picture...
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A lobster boats pulls out of the harbour at sunrise in Stonington
A lobster boats pulls out of the harbour at sunrise in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 6, 2017. Picture taken July 6, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobsters are seen in a crate after being brought in by a lobsterman in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July...
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Lobsters are seen in a crate after being brought in by a lobsterman in Stonington
Lobsters are seen in a crate after being brought in by a lobsterman in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 5, 2017. Picture taken July 5, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
A sailing boat pendant is seen in front of lobster boats sitting in the harbour of Stonington, Maine,...
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A sailing boat pendant is seen in front of lobster boats sitting in the harbour of Stonington
A sailing boat pendant is seen in front of lobster boats sitting in the harbour of Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 5, 2017. Picture taken July 5, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobster boats moored in the harbour of Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 3, 2017. Picture taken July 3, 2017....
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Lobster boats moored in the harbour of Stonington
Lobster boats moored in the harbour of Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 3, 2017. Picture taken July 3, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
A rainbow is seen in the sky above lobster boats in the harbour of Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 4, 2017....
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A rainbow is seen in the sky above lobster boats in the harbour of Stonington
A rainbow is seen in the sky above lobster boats in the harbour of Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 4, 2017. Picture taken July 4, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
A lobster is displayed at Aragosta restaurant in Stonington, Maine, August 9, 2018. Picture taken August...
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A lobster is displayed at Aragosta restaurant in Stonington
A lobster is displayed at Aragosta restaurant in Stonington, Maine, August 9, 2018. Picture taken August 9, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Jillian Kitchener
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October 30, 2018
Lobsterman Drew Eaton stands aboard his fourth boat being built in Stonington, Maine, U.S., December...
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Lobsterman Drew Eaton stands aboard his fourth being built in Stonington
Lobsterman Drew Eaton stands aboard his fourth boat being built in Stonington, Maine, U.S., December 11, 2017. Picture taken December 11, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobsterman Lindsay Copeland Frazier and her husband Brad Copeland work on her father Perley Frazier's...
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Lobsterman Lindsay Copeland Frazier and her husband Brad Copeland work on her father Perley Frazier's...
Lobsterman Lindsay Copeland Frazier and her husband Brad Copeland work on her father Perley Frazier's boat Jericho's Way during a lobster catch in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 6, 2017. Picture taken July 6, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER
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October 30, 2018
A lobster boat sits in a yard behind an American flag outside a home in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July...
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A lobster boat sits in a yard behind an American flag outside a home in Stonington
A lobster boat sits in a yard behind an American flag outside a home in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture taken July 7, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobsterman Brad Copeland (L), smoking a cigarette, takes a lobster out of a trap on his father-in-law...
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Lobsterman Brad Copeland takes a lobster out of a trap on his father-in-law Perley Frazier's boat Jericho's...
Lobsterman Brad Copeland (L), smoking a cigarette, takes a lobster out of a trap on his father-in-law Perley Frazier's boat Jericho's Way at sea in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 6, 2017. Picture taken July 6, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobsterman Perley Frazier poses on his boat Jericho's Way in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture...
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Lobsterman Perley Frazier poses on his boat Jericho's Way in Stonington
Lobsterman Perley Frazier poses on his boat Jericho's Way in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture taken July 7, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
Lobsterman Perley Frazier, 69, poses on his boat Jericho's Way in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017....
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Lobsterman Perley Frazier poses on his boat Jericho's Way in Stonington
Lobsterman Perley Frazier, 69, poses on his boat Jericho's Way in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture taken July 7, 2017. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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October 30, 2018
A lobster boat, carrying lobster traps, pulls into harbour in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017....
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A lobster boat, carrying lobster traps, pulls into harbour in Stonington
A lobster boat, carrying lobster traps, pulls into harbour in Stonington, Maine, U.S., July 7, 2017. Picture taken July 7, 2017.To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/LOBSTER REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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