State studies decline of lobsters in Long Island Sound

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is undertaking a comprehensive study seeking reasons for the continued decline in the lobster population of Long Island Sound.

"Through our testing and analysis we will focus on stress factors, such as high water temperatures or chemical contaminants that may be contributing to the decline of the lobster population,” DEEP commissioner Daniel C. Esty said. “We will also develop a screening — similar to an annual physical exam — to monitor the vital signs of lobster health over time."

Esty said the study will include the possible role played by pesticides in the mortality of lobsters, given attention this issue has received from lobstermen and others, the availability of more sophisticated and sensitive test technology, and the results of preliminary tests conducted by DEEP and UConn on lobsters taken from Long Island Sound this fall.

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