Lobsters and global warming

After all, dried out rivers and dead lobsters do not lie!

Editor, The Times:

A report from the Maritimes last night – CBC – as it happens, pointed out that tens of thousands of pounds of caged lobsters waiting for market had been lost due to a sudden rise in water temperature in that area. A rise in water temperature? A warming of the ocean currents – sounds a little like global warming, don’t you think?

Recently, to get away from it all I traveled to the north end of Vancouver Island to spend Thanksgiving in Alert Bay with some old friends. In my 40 years as a commercial fisherman I’d spent a lot of time chasing the elusive salmon in that area.

Fall chum fishing started about the middle of September. I remember spending anxious time in some sheltered anchorage wondering if my anchor would hold as a ferocious southeast storm swept through the area.

With this southerly wind came copious amounts of rain. Moisture was no problem. In fact flooding became the danger from time to time. Not so this time!

As we traveled the roads to Port Alice, Port Hardy, etc. all the creeks and rivers were almost dry.

In fact, any water that ran among the rocks and gravel looked like it was intruding.

There was no rain in that area until a few days after I left – just after Thanksgiving.

No one can, except for the Koch brothers and their lackeys, such as the Fraser Institute, can go on denying climate change.

Yes, yes, yes, I know the causes are to some extent debatable. However, pumping tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere should, according to all scientific evidence, have a negative effect on things.

After all, dried out rivers and dead lobsters do not lie!

Dennis Peacock

Clearwater, B.C.

 

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