STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A lot of the traps on the town dock have been sitting there for the past two and a half months. Last week lobstermen were able to bait and drop them. Today though is the first day they can haul them in.
Most of the lobstermen who are out of Stonington were still out on this opening day. Dick Sawyer who has fished out of Groton for fifty years is waiting for the rain to pass and he is hopeful for this new season.
“We saw more lobsters this year than we’ve seen ten or fifteen years,” says Sawyer. “They’re small ones.”
Too small according to state regulations to keep but Sawyer says it’s a good sign for the future. He says size limits, pollution, and the warmer waters of Long Island Sound have hurt the local lobster population. Lobsters though are now thriving off the coast of Maine.
“The fishing they’re getting up there now is like what we had here thirty, forty years ago,” says Sawyer.
He says climate change may be part of the problem.
“They’ve got the cool water and there’s an enormous amount of fisherman, enormous area to fish,” says Sawyer.
“The business owns four different boat,” says Megan Cibor.
At Sea Well lobsters are selling quickly.
Despite that demand prices there are cheaper than they were this summer. The larger lobsters are more expensive except for the Jumbos which can weigh more than ten pounds. They cost the same per pound as the smallest ones.