(Washington) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a statement about the loss of lobsters in Long Island Sound following a recent report about the presence of pesticides in this crustacean population:
The widespread Long Island Sound lobster loss threatens a key Connecticut industry and resource of regional economic importance. A strong spirit of stewardship across state borders has allowed us to make great strides over the past two decades, but we must forge ahead. Studying and mapping the Sound and implementing the action items of the SoundVision Action Plan will yield a healthier and more robust fishing and shellfish habitat. The federal government must take a leadership role and provide aid to our beleaguered lobstermen while also being a strong partner in ongoing state efforts to study the causes of the decline in Long Island lobster catches. Pesticide and fertilizer runoff – prime suspects in the lobster loss – should remain a focus of efforts to combat contamination.