Last lobstermen battle bureaucrats and each other as fishery struggles to rebound

It’s been eight months since Darienite Roger Frate checked his lobster pots in the western Long Island Sound. Why?

“Financially, we can’t do it,” Frate said, throwing his hands in the air. Instead, the 40-plus year lobsterman is trying his hands at clams and oysters, which he said haven’t been too bad lately. Continue reading

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Lobstermen blame pesticides for declining population

A stack of files piled a foot high rests on Roger Frate’s legs as he attempts to explain 13 years of advocacy against the chemical pesticides that he says are ruining the Long Island Sound lobster fishery. Each file holds records Frate has collected after spending thousands of hours in meetings across the East Coast, trying to end the use of chemical pesticides that kill mosquitoes to control the spread of West Nile virus. Continue reading