Insecure Future for Lobsters and Lobstermen

It will take many more years for lobsters to re-populate after the '99 die-off. However, the lobster's long-term survival in the sound remains uncertain. Some in the scientific community believe global warming could raise the average global temperature by four to ten degrees Fahrenheit in the next hundred years. If global warming continues as is, Long Island Sound water temps - especially in the shallow western section - could become too high for the lobsters to live.

A combination of limiting polluted runoff and slowing global warming can reduce stress on the lobster population. That would give lobstermen a fighting chance of making a living, and passing on the tradition to younger generations.