Posts Tagged ‘ lobster ’

Huge die-back threatens lobsters

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

The moratorium on lobster harvests in the Long Island Sound that began Sept. 8 will end for Connecticut fishermen Nov 28. According to a pair of men who have been pulling lobsters from the sound all their lives, why bother? “It’s been a disaster the last four or five years,” said Roger Frate, 68. “There’s

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Our View: Lobster ban isn’t long-term solution (Norwich Bulletin editorial)

Sep 17th, 2013 | By

For the first time, there is a ban on lobster fishing in Long Island Sound. The intent — to allow the lobster population to grow — is good. The results are uncertain. From an economic point of view, local lobster prices will rise, but the ban — which runs through Nov. 28 — will hit

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First lobster-catch closure in Sound begins Sunday

Sep 7th, 2013 | By

With Long Island Sound lobster landings down from a peak of 3.7 million pounds in 1998 to just 230,000 pounds last year, Connecticut and New York lobstermen will get a taste of some bitter medicine this fall that may or may not do any good. For more on this story, visit: First lobster-catch closure in

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Local lobstermen brace for three-month closure

Sep 4th, 2013 | By

The state’s lobstermen are preparing for the start Sunday of the Long Island Sound fishery’s first-ever seasonal closure, when their traps will be out of the water until Nov. 28. “None of us are sure what we’re going to do for three months without working,” said Michael Theiller of Waterford, who keeps his lobster boat

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State’s lobster industry in hot water

Jul 7th, 2013 | By

This fall, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will close the lobster fishery in the state for three months. Any lobster you buy during that time will come from elsewhere. The closure is the state’s answer to a federal mandate to reduce lobster harvest by 10 percent a year. For more on this story,

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State House OKs restrictions on insecticide use near coast

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

A bill that would restrict the use of insecticides to control mosquitoes that might carry the West Nile virus passed in the House by a vote of 140-1 last week. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The Day.

Pesticide-restriction bill aims to protect lobsters

Mar 27th, 2013 | By

A law restricting use of two common mosquito-control chemicals known to harm lobsters could be a step toward salvaging Connecticut’s beleaguered stocks of the crustaceans, which once supported a $100 million-a-year industry, state lobstermen said this week. Click on this environmental headline for more from the Stamford Advocate.

‘Lucky Larry,’ 17-Pound Lobster, Released Into Long Island Sound

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man purchased a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford restaurant, then released the crustacean back into Long Island Sound. Don MacKenzie of Niantic tells The Day of New London ( ) he knew the lobster, nicknamed “Lucky Larry” by local children, would have to be about 80-years-old to reach his

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Lobstermen, officials rail against proposed 3-month moratorium on commercial lobster fishing in Long Island Sound

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

GUILFORD — A proposed three-month moratorium on commercial lobster fishing is not the way to address the dramatic decline of lobsters in Long Island Sound, lobstermen, officials and activists said Monday. They urged the government instead to take a closer look at pesticides that some blame for the Sound-wide lobster die-off that began about 12

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Lobsters still safe, but best to not eat the tomalley as it can contain the most contaminants

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

Last week the department issued a press release announcing a new round of studies into lobster population health in Long Island Sound. That press release included results of tests for pesticides in the hepatopancreas or tomalley of the lobster that showed trace amounts of methoprene in one of four groups of lobsters and resmethrin in three of four groups.

Pesticides found in LI Sound lobsters for the first time: more study planned

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has confirmed the presence of pesticides in Long Island Sound lobsters — albeit a very small sample — for the first time since the crustaceans began their precipitous decline in 1999. The findings are a surprise to the scientific and environmental communities, which have generally thought that warming

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Bill would restrict insecticide use

May 9th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a bill that would restrict the use of methoprene, an insecticide thought to be behind the decline of the lobster population in Long Island Sound. State Representatives passed a modified version of the measure 130-to-16 Monday at the state Capitol. It now awaits action in the Senate. via

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Grant will pay lobstermen to remove abandoned traps from Sound

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

An estimated 260,000 pounds of abandoned lobster traps and other gear will be removed from the Long Island Sound seafloor next spring and summer with the help of $254,282 in grants from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund and Covanta Energy. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Grant will pay lobstermen to

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A balancing act to save lobster fishery | The Day

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

The group responsible for regulating the coastal Atlantic fisheries is correct in seeking only a modest reduction in the number of lobsters that lobstermen can harvest from southern New England Waters and Long Island Sound. This week the American Lobster Management Board approved a 10 percent reduction in lobster catches. The board is part of

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Conn. lobstermen seek other work as optimism fades for lobster recovery in Long Island Sound

Nov 1st, 2011 | By

While lobsters are thriving in Maine, production is down from a peak in the late 1990s in other areas. Scientists can’t explain the decline, but overfishing, a 1996 Rhode Island oil spill and a disease that disfigures lobster shells are possibilities.

They also believe it may be partly explained by warmer water temperatures that have driven lobsters to cooler, deeper waters — away from prime spawning grounds and to places where more predators lurk. Michael Melia of The Associated Press reports.

Local lobstermen debate their options

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By

Shutting down the lobster season for a few months of the year would be the fairest way to reduce the lobster harvest in Long Island Sound by 10 percent, local lobstermen told state officials Thursday. “Either close it in June or close it in September and October, because that way it would affect everybody the

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The Last of the Lobstermen, Chasing a Vanishing Treasure |

Aug 8th, 2011 | By

No matter his age, a Long Island lobsterman, thinking back to the good old days, will always describe the same years. That would be pretty much any of them before 1999. It has been 12 years since a great die-off of lobsters in Long Island Sound rocked the local industry and stumped researchers. It lasted three days but wiped out an estimated nine-tenths of the catch, compared with two years earlier. Barton Silverman and Michael Wilson of the New York Times report.

Local lobstermen worried major die-off under way

Oct 16th, 2010 | By

Some lobstermen in Stamford say a lobster die-off is under way in western Long Island Sound, the likes of which they haven’t seen since their industry was decimated beginning in the fall of 1999.