During a panel discussion featuring politicians and other state officials, Gov. Dannel Malloy said that global warming is one of the issues affecting the Long Island Sound, reports the Connecticut Post.
The discussion on Thursday in New Haven highlighted various measures that officials are taking to limit or reverse the environmental impact on the estuary.
concluded that the, “Long Island Sound exists now in a state of permanent crisis.” Both New York and Connecticut were criticized for conservation efforts.
Still, there were some positives in the report. In the categories of coastal habitat, beach litter, and migratory habitat, the State of the Sound doled out grades of A, B+, and A- respectively.
In July, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection into the Sound’s sharp decline in the lobster population. Lobster landings in Long Island Sound reportedly declined from 3.7 million pounds in 1998 to just 142,000 pounds in 2011.
Ben Lasman contributed to this report.