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Hurricane Irma cuts Florida lobster harvest in half

One under-reported impact from Hurricane Irma was addressed by this week here. Local fishermen report that Irma hit just a month into the lobster harvesting season and lost up to 43% of their traps, which will have to be replaced.  In addition, silt from streams flowing into the ocean may have affected the lobsters.  Some fishermen say this is likely to be the worst catch in 50 years, and at best they will get about 50% of the usual harvest.