Focus 12: State of the Sound - Part II

Thousand of Long Island residents make a living on the Long Island Sound, but lobstermen say their business is no longer booming.

Joe Fink, of Bayville, is one of only two lobstermen left on the Island. He says the lobster die-off and the high price of fuel to run his boat have made keeping his business afloat a struggle. Experts say in its hey-day on Long Island lobsters were at least a $40 million a year industry.

The federal government estimates the total economic value of businesses on the Sound at $5.5 billion a year. Industries that make money say they depend on the health and maintenance of the Sound.

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Related Links: LI Sound Lobster Initiative Long Island Sound Lobster Health Symposium Long Island Sound Study Long Island Sound Study - Spring 2004 Update What Makes the LI Sound So Special? Facts about the LI Sound Save the Sound Long Island Soundkeeper Clean Water NetworkLong Island Sound Foundation Environmental Defense

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