Proposed federal legislation looks to improve Long Island Sound lobster population

DARIEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Some fishermen feel there’s no point of even going out on their boat due to a steep decline in Long Island Sound’s lobster population. They met with Senator Chris Murphy on Tuesday to talk about what can be done. At issue are toxic chemicals spilling into Long Island Sound from New York and Connecticut.

“There’ll never be a future unless New York abides and obeys,” said Roger Frate of the West End Long Island Sound Lobster Association

“It’s not even worth going out. It’s not even worth starting a boat up,” he said.

Lobsters are pricey this year for a number of reasons. The extra cold winter kept lobstermen at bay, as well as increase demand. Those lobstermen are worried about pesticides not banned in neighboring New York, killing off what little they can trap in Connecticut.

“Watch, when the water warms up a little and you get two inches of rain, they’ll start dying and run right out of here,” said Frate.

Preserving the dying industry is the focus of a federal bill proposed to fund millions of dollars to cleanup the Sound.

“It’s important that we make sure that if New York wants that money, they’ve got to agree to change their pesticide practices so that everything we’re doing in Connecticut when it comes to pesticides isn’t being counteractive by what’s happening in New York,” said Sen. Murphy.

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