HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Lobster lovers listen up: one regional source for lobster is about to get temporarily shut down.
The Long Island Sound fishery will temporarily shut down lobster fishing. Beginning this weekend through Thanksgiving, fishing for lobster off Connecticut and Long Island will not be allowed in an effort to help repopulate the lobster population.
The shutdown is happening at a time when lobster demand typically drops.
22News went to Shermerhorn’s Seafood in Holyoke to see what type of impact that could have on locally eaten-lobster.
“If it's going to work, I'm happy they're going to do it. I just hope that the fishermen can get by it, because it's tough to be out of work for three months, and you're going to be going into the winter, and it's very difficult to be fishing in the winter,” Michael Fitzgerald of Schermerhorn’s said.
Fitzgerald told 22News that he doesn't expect a price change in lobster, as he purchases his lobster from Maine, but he expects more of an impact on price closer to Long Island Sound in Connecticut or Rhode Island.
The lobster population in the Sound has been declining for the past 15 years due to pesticide residue, disease, and warmer waters.