Lobsters and summer time go together, but… so do Fall and lobsters. The colder water is a better and safer environment for our crawling friends. I remember back in the early 80’s just moving in to this sea-fearing town. The Five Mile River would be filled with large, broad wooden lobster boats. The back stacked with crates bringing their lobster catch of the day to the dock at Rowayton Seafood Market. Hundreds of pounds of lobsters weighed and separated for the large tanks inside. The filtering system for the tanks circulated the water from the river, keeping the lobsters fresh in their custom environment.
Then the industry disappeared. The lobstermen lobbied that the pesticides used for the mosquito carrying the West Nile Virus was to blame. Others felt the warming waters were the culprit as the lobsters headed north to the colder water. Whatever the case, the lobsters were scarce. The lobster boats were sold, the lobstermen moved on and the river wasn’t quite the same.
But … they returned. It took seven years to restore the population. There are new restrictions for harvesting the lobsters. Only lobsters above the legal minimum size and not carrying eggs are harvested and the time frame to harvest the lobsters has decreased, providing the necessary time to continue to replenish the population.
The warming waters are a problem for the lobsters in the Long Island Sound, scientists say, caused by the climate changing. Also, the warmer water brings predatory fish like the black bass who prey on the lobsters.
So, cooler waters in the fall in the Long Island Sound make for a perfect environment for our friends