I don't know if it's too late. I'm hoping it's not to late and that there can be a future out on Long Island Sound for us." said local lobstermen Tony Carlo.
Connecticut lobstermen hope new legislation passed last month will help revitalize a once vibrate lobster industry.
Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk, Darien) said Monday, "Our goal on a bipartisan basis is to get our lobster industry back again. To bring it back to it's glory and to have folks who can now go back and hopefully grow this industry again."
Lobstermen joined Senators Bob Duff and Carlo Leone Monday afternoon to raise awareness on an issue that has effected the community for over 10 years.
Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford, Darien) said "This legislation, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are starting to change their ways. Now we need to put pressure on New York on the other side of Long Island Sound because as most people know the waterways don't have any boundaries."
The lobster population in Long Island Sound has decreased over the last decade with the introduction of new pesticides into the waters along the Connecticut and New York shoreline.
Darien Seafood Market owner Roger Frate, who is a lobsterman himself said "We've been fighting this for the last 13 years. I can't believe something was done."
Lance Stewart, a retired University of Connecticut professor noted "We had one of the greatest poundage per square acre out of this area, even Maine. It's incumbant upon us to protect one of our most economically important animals."
Now lobstermen say the new legislation gives them hope to rebuild their livelihoods
Michael Kalaman, a local lobsterman said "We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Now that we have a fighting chance here, it's time to roll us our sleeves and really go to town."
Tony Carlo added "It's about the [Long Island] Sound. It's a unique area that needs to be protected. With everybody getting together, maybe it has a chance to come back."
The legislation now awaits the signature of Governor Dannel Malloy.