Monday, August 31, 2009

Lobster Troubles

Important facts gleaned from Judy Benson's New London Day story about lobstering in Long Island Sound:

Lobsters haven't come close to rebounding from the 1999 die-off.

But demand is weak so the price of lobster is way down.

For a while starting January 1, 2010, it will be harder to catch lobsters in the Sound because the legal size limit will increase by 1/16 of an inch and because traps will be required to have a larger escape hole, so small lobsters will be able to get out I say "for a while," because, as David Simpson points out, after six months or so, lobsters that previously would have been of legal size will have grown to the new legal size).

Connecticut could have had a reprieve from that increase if the state had funded the v-notch program (and the program had worked) but it didn't.


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