Lobstermen maintains hope for future

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Phil Karlin, perhaps alone among the lobstermen, expressed a tone of optimism: "Time will tell, you know. Right now, there are some small lobsters around. If everything goes right, they could bounce back."

It has been 12 years since a great die-off of lobsters in Long Island Sound rocked the local industry and stumped researchers. It lasted three days, but wiped out an estimated 90 percent of the catch, compared with two years earlier.

Karlin recalls the good old days when he’d haul a pound to two pounds a pot, rather than the “less than a half a pound a pot.”

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