The lobster population has taken a turn for the worse in the Long Island Sound.

State officials say commercial fisherman’s lobster take was 2.3 million pounds annually between 1984 and 1998. Last year that was down to 142,000 pounds.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is undertaking a comprehensive study to try to determine what is behind the drastic drop-off.

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain says the study will focus on stress factors, including increasing water temperatures and chemical contaminants that may be contributing to the the dwindling lobster population.

Schain says the DEEP hopes to have some answers later this year.


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