The American Lobster has a long history in New England, from its role as a food for the poor in colonial times, to its current role as a delicacy. It has become something of an icon in the region, and as such, its decline is of great significance. Shedding patterns, which greatly impact the weight of a lobster compared to its size when caught, are no longer reliable, which means that lobster fishermen cannot rely on certain seasons to make up expenses through better sales. Lobsters are also moving to deeper water earlier in the year, and the bulk of the catch is occurring later in the year. These changes, not visible to most of us, have those whose livelihoods depend on lobsters very worried. "If the lobster fishery collapsed, it could (...) I mean, it could change Maine." Elliot Thomas, lobster fisherman.