11 August 2009

Lobsters and Oysters and Clams...

Long Island Sound Lobsters…In Very Bad Shape

” The 1999 die-off that all but destroyed the state’s once-thriving lobster industry continues to reverberate. When the die-off happened, Connecticut had the third-richest lobster grounds in the country, one worth $40 million a year. It employed hundreds of people, fed hundreds of families, put clothes on the backs of hundreds of children.

“Today, there are less than a dozen commercial lobstermen working the Sound.”

Article from Acorn-Online.com

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Long Island Sound Oysters…Best in the World

“…dragging a pair of boomed dredges along the bottom. Whenever he swung one inboard, 700 pounds of shellfish destined for the best hors d'oeuvres trays clattered onto a stainless steel work table. A half-dozen deck hands knocked them noisily apart, sorted furiously and bagged. And so it went, all day long.”

Read the full story at Courant.com

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Ways to Save Long Island Sound’s Oysters

“EAST NORWALK — - Out on Long Island Sound, where Captain Norm Bloom often can be found just outside the Harbor Islands, it now seems inconceivable that some scientists and fishermen were ready a decade ago to write off what arguably is the world's richest oyster ground”

Read it in Courant.com

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Ways to Save the Fishing Industry

“Since 1994, the number of boats in New England looking for groundfish, cod, haddock, pollock and flounder has plunged from 1,000 to 574. Over the same period, revenue has dropped from $116 million to $52 million and the supply of cod has been nearly destroyed.”

Full story at CBSNews.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

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