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Lobster disease creeping northward to Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — A shell disease that has plagued the southern New England lobster industry for years by making lobsters unsightly and in some cases unmarketable appears to be creeping northward to the lobster-rich grounds off the coast of Maine.

The number of lobsters suffering from shell disease remains tiny in Maine — three out of 1,000 lobsters sampled last year had the disease. But scientists and lobstermen are concerned because the incidence grew fivefold from 2010 to 2012.

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