Penny Howell, a fisheries biologist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been studying 25 years of fishing catch reports for the Long Island Sound.
found that warm-adapted species have grown in abundance in the Sound while cold-adapted species have declined.
notes, however, that the overall population and diversity of fish in the Sound has increased.
"We're kind of gaining these mid-Atlantic species in slightly greater amounts and diversity than we're losing the abundance of our usual cold-adapted species," she
adds that in a 25-year time frame her
research showed a huge change in species diversity over just five years.
"Which was bigger than I thought it would be," she
says, considering the species that inhabit Long Island Sound are typically more resistant to temperature changes.
makes the argument that it's in the best interests of fishermen to move slowly with the potential overhaul of the fishery management program.
"When you go into the situation where you're determining people's livelihood I think we have to be much more certain," she