Fishermen try to preserve the lobster industry - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fishermen try to preserve the lobster industry

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Lobster fishermen from Main to New York are worried about the future of the industry.

The lobster population in Southern New England, including Long Island Sound, is at record low levels.

However, the resource is heading north where there’s an abundant supply in Maine and Canada.

Lobster fishermen packed a hearing at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection headquarters on Friday, and said pesticides in the sound and predators like black sea bass are killing the crustaceans.

"New York will not resolve their pesticides and the fishermen are taking a blunt,” said Roger Frate, a fisherman from Darien.

Marine experts and scientists with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Southern New England Lobster Subcommittee laid out charts and graphs during a public hearing.

The group is considering potential management tools to help preserve the species, such as moratoriums and trap limits.

They will make suggestions to the full commission in a few months.

Lobster fishermen said the record low levels of lobster is forcing many to go out of business.

"In 1999 there were 1150 fishermen there's now 20 left in the state,” Frate said.

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