It’s another busy day of fishing for Bart Mansi, owner of Guilford Lobster Pound.
“We go out, we catch them. We sell them live to the public, and then we also have an outdoor eatery. We do lobster rolls, chowder, hot dog. Real simple.” said Bart Mansi.
Bart owns a beautiful piece of real estate, right on the edge of Long Island Sound. Business has been tough, but a recent decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission might make things a lot tougher for the people who earn their living catching Lobsters.
“Between the restrictions and the cost of doing business, it’s just getting to the point where a lot of guys just packed it in.” Bart mentioned.
And the trend may continue as additional restrictions go in effect this summer due to an alleged decline in lobster population in Long Island Sound. The suspected cause, climate change.
Tina Berger, Director of Communications, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission explained, “There’s a clear recognition that warming water temperatures are playing a big role in the survivability of the species in that area.”
In part of their findings, the Fisheries Commission stated that “since the American Lobster is highly influenced by temperature, climate change is expected to significantly impact the life history and distribution of the species.”
As a result, it will be harder to fish commercially in Connecticut, and the cost of local lobster will likely rise. For some, it won’t be a problem, but for others it could ruin their business.
“I don’t know, you might come down here one day and see condos up and down here…I mean, there’s only so many things we can overcome.” said Mansi.
The changes are expected to be set in stone during the month of August.