Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, responded to recent news of fish and turtle die-offs around Long Island Sound, as well as yesterday’s release of a report card on the Sound’s health.
“We’re seeing evidence from around Long Island Sound of an ecosystem in crisis,” said Curt Johnson, executive director of CFE’s Save the Sound program. “Dead bunker fish [also known as menhaden] are washing up on shores around the Sound, at locales as far apart as Peconic Bay, rivers in eastern Connecticut, and Mamaroneck Harbor. No one knows for certain why so many fish are dying in so many areas — and there are likely several culprits — but scientists have pinned down a common theme in some cases.”
CFE/Save the Sound issued a public petition Tuesday afternoon calling on the U.S. EPA and the governors of New York and Connecticut to develop a new, enforceable nitrogen reduction plan for Long Island Sound. The petition attracted 250 signatures in its first two hours.