Monday, June 06, 2005

Fisherman's Suit Claims that Branford is Polluting Shellfish Beds in the Sound

Nick Crismale, who fishes for lobster and harvests clams and oysters out of Branford, Connecticut, plans to sue the town because, he says, its sewage system damages 113 acres of shellfish beds his company owns off Branford.

Heavy rains, which are loaded with contaminants throughout the Long Island Sound watershed, force him to have to transfer his bivalves to cleaner water for a period of time until they purge themselves.

He's not looking for big money -- only $15,000 -- but beds that Crismale works were also affected by the big sewage spill in New Haven not long ago, and it makes me wonder if he's planning to sue to compensate for damages there as well.

The New Haven Register covered it today.


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