Everybody loves a good lobster roll (even a fast food one) and the tasty crustaceans have been all over town this summer thanks in no small part to the booming lobster population in the Gulf of Maine. But is this golden age we're living in of plentiful and tasty lobsters actually a portent of a grim, lobster-less future? A new paper in Conservation Biology says yes, it very well could be.

The big issue is that the fisherman in Maine have become increasingly dependent on the lobsters that they haul in from the sea—which have been more than plentiful in the past few years. 80 percent of Maine's seafood income now comes lobstering and last year fisherman caught 94.7 million pounds of the buggers, worth about $313 million. That's way up from 2004 when they pulled in 71.6 million pounds. If something like an outbreak were to happen to that lobster population—as it has in other areas including southern New England waters—then Maine and its fisherman will be in a very precarious position. Such an event could also dramatically change the already shifting ecology of the Gulf's waters. Not to mention make those of us who love our Maine lobsters very sad.

So what to do? There are lots of ideas being thrown around (lobster less, reintroduce other fish back into the area, to name two) and lots of people are anxious about just how good the lobster hauls have been lately (“I don’t think there’s a lobsterman on the coast who isn’t concerned about this rapid expansion of catch,” Robin Alden, executive director of the Penobscot East Resource Center, told the Times. “It’s a little spooky.”) but no one solution has caught on. On the plus side, at least people are taking this issue seriously while the catches are still good, rather than waiting until they aren't.

Oh! And speaking of Maine lobsters? If you are a fan of Lots O' Lobstah, we've got swell news! The traveling lobster shack (which sources all its crustaceans from Maine) found a semi-permanent home at the South Street Seaport's Fulton Stall Market. They'll be there every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (well, at least until the inevitable lobster apocalypse).