L.I. Lobstermen Keep Coming Up Short, Refuse to Give Up

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Not from Long Island. Photo: Hannah Whitaker / New York Magazine

The Times takes a look at the remaining lobstermen who continue to set pots in the Long Island Sound, even though the hauls have all but zeroed out during the last twelve years. In 1999, there were at least three-dozen lobstermen setting traps, some of whom brought back 400 pounds of lobster a day. Now those hauls are in the low double-digits, the Times reports. Still, the three lobstermen quoted in the article, ranging in age from 70 to 71, still set out every morning with an "I'll-retire-when-I'm-dead" mentality.

"Right now, there are some small lobsters around," one of them says. "If everything goes right, they could bounce back." And this isn't crazy talk: Lobster stocks have rebounded from the brink of environmental disaster in the past. After all, that's the reason we are currently surrounded on all sides by lobster rolls.

The Last of the Lobstermen, Chasing a Vanishing Treasure [NYT]
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