Lobstermen applaud effort of Weston legislator to keep pesticides out of Sound

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story, Long Island Sound

“For several years we have listened to the experts who told us that these pesticides could not harm the lobster population — last year, however, we learned that the experts may have been wrong,” said Mr. Shaban, ranking member of the Environment Committee. “This measure will give the benefit of the doubt to the people who have been working these waters for their entire lives, and will help restore a lucrative local industry.”

The lobster population in the Sound is currently at an all-time low. According to the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), lobster landings (i.e. lobsters caught by fishermen) in Long Island Sound have declined from 3.7 million pounds in 1998 to just 142,000 pounds in 2011.

For more on this story, visit: Lobstermen applaud effort of Weston legislator to keep pesticides out of Sound | The Weston Forum.

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