01 November 2009

Where'd All the Bunker Go?

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"If there is a big story about the 2009 fishing season in Long Island Sound, it is this: no bunker.

"All summer, the lack of large schools of adult bunker has baffled anglers who endured an almost total absence of surface bluefish blitzes and meager bluefish catches in harbors and river mouths."

Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

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State Revises Consumption Guide

“The good news revealed by the sampling program is that levels of polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs) and mercury in both striped bass and bluefish in Long Island Sound have declined. As a result of those and similar observations in other Atlantic coast states from Maine to Maryland, fish consumption advisories for the Sound were changed this year by both Connecticut and New York.

“Specifically, the changes involved recommendations that low risk groups may increase consumption from one meal every two months to one meal per month of striped bass and bluefish greater than 25 inches long. The Advisory continues to instruct those in high risk groups (pregnant women, women of childbearing age, nursing mothers and children under the age of 6) to NOT EAT large bluefish (over 25 inches) or striped bass. Fish consumption advisories are released by both states on an annual basis, usually in June.

“Connecticut’s current LIS fish consumption advisory is posted on the Connecticut Department of Public Health website at www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/environmental_health/eoha/pdf/ificatchit09-english.pdf. New York’s current advisory is posted on the New York State Department of Health website at www.health.

Source: CTDEP

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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 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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