Lobster season expected to begin early - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Lobster season expected to begin early

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The lobster season may begin a few weeks earlier than usual since temperatures have been 23 degrees Fahrenheit warmer, according to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

The Institute predicts a 55 percent chance that the season will start three weeks earlier than normal, with high landings around July 4.

Locally, Connecticut lobster fisherman Mike Theiler said the trend in lobster landings continue to decline in Long Island Sound.

"Recruitment has been low in Long Island Sound for a number of years and I don't expect that to turn around anytime soon. I just don't think that the stock is here, and they're not reproducing like they should be doing,” Theiler said.

He added that he has noticed the influx of more southern species, like shrimp and groupers.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute equates the upcoming lobster season in Maine to that of 2012. The catch and pricing in Maine impacts lobster prices in Connecticut.

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