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Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
United States

 
Background

Employment History

  • Marine Fisheries Biologist
    Connecticut Department of Energy
  • Environmental Scientist With the Fisheries Division
    The DEP
  • Senior Fisheries Biologist
    The DEP
  • Program Consultant
    Ed-Data Partnership
  • Fisheries Biologist With Marine Division
    Department of Environmental Protection
  • EdSource

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • B.A. , Economics
    Mount Holyoke College
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EdSource Staff
www.edsource.org, 8 July 2008 [cached]
Penny Howell is a Program Consultant who provides staff support to the Ed-Data Partnership and assists with editing and proofreading publications.She joined the fledgling "Coalition for Fair School Finance" as a volunteer soon after it was formed 30 years ago and was the primary writer for many years.Before coming to EdSource, she worked in the population program of the Ford Foundation and for Planned Parenthood of Santa Clara County.She was elected three times to the Las Lomitas Elementary Governing Board and spent ten years on the Board of Directors of Castilleja School in Palo Alto.She holds a B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College.
Penny Howell, a fisheries ...
www.citylimits.org, 8 Jan 2013 [cached]
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.
Howell found that warm-adapted species have grown in abundance in the Sound while cold-adapted species have declined. She 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 says.
Howell 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.
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Howell 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 says.
The number of lobsters found by ...
www.krem.com, 29 Oct 2011 [cached]
The number of lobsters found by trawlers that take samples at 200 random points in the sound every year has been falling "precipitously" since the late 1990s, said Penny Howell, a marine fisheries biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in Old Lyme. She said a field crew could not even deliver on a researcher's recent request for 10 lobsters.
"Whether lobster fishing is going to be commercially viable is highly questionable," said Howell, who added that she believes the lobster is resilient enough to avoid disappearing from the sound altogether.
Rising water temperatures and runoff contamination are among the suspected culprits in Long Island Sound, an estuary that is bounded by New York City at its western point and has roughly 8 million people living within its watershed area. Howell said water temperatures in the western half of the sound now go above a 68-degrees Fahrenheit (20-Celsius) threshold for lobsters for weeks at a time in the summer, leaving them vulnerable to any additional stresses. She said the same phenomenon is playing out in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.
MARYLAND PESTICIDE NETWORK -- RECENT NEWS
www.mdpestnet.org, 17 Dec 2009 [cached]
"You had a number of effects from the storm, from hypoxia [lack of oxygen] to extremely low salinity to a major increase in water temperature," said Penny Howell, an environmental scientist with the fisheries division of the DEP.
Connecticut Post Online - Local/Regional News
www.connpost.com, 17 June 2003 [cached]
Penny Howell, a senior fisheries biologist for the DEP, said the cold weather definitely affected the crabs' time of arrival.
But even though she has noticed a drop in the number of horseshoe crabs in the New London area, Howell wouldn't go so far as to say that the population of the "living fossils" is dwindling.Chances are it's not, she said.
"I remember them so thick you couldn't see where they began and ended.They covered the beach," Howell said."This year [they're] running late.It might be that the numbers haven't peaked yet because the water is still nippy," she said.
More may arrive by the time of the next new moon on June 29, she said.
"We don't know a lot about the population of this animal," Howell said.
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"We have a compliance obligation to assess the spawning habitat, [determine] how much of our acreage is used for spawning habitat and identify it so that it can be protected from development," Howell said.
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