There is nothing more New England than the typical lobster dinner of
summertime. On Thursday,
July 28, 2011, the Friends of Fort Trumbull will welcome Mike
Theiler, a local Lobsterman, who will speak on "The Experiences of a New
London Lobsterman". The program will begin at with a short video which appeared on
Chow Time videos after columnist Robin Benzie spent a day aboard Theiler's boat
to learn how those lobsters successfully arrive on our dinner plates.
Following the video, Mr. Theiler will discuss some of the
obstacles facing Connecticut
lobstermen.Ever since the lobster die
off in the late 1990's, this dwindling breed of mariners has faced the results
of climate change, increases in the minimum size they can legally catch, rising
fuel prices, falling wholesale prices, and increased competition from Cape Cod
and Canadian lobsterman.Right now,
there are only about 130 commercial lobstermen left in Connecticut.What does the future hold?Can
this decline be reversed?These are some
of the areas that Mr. Theiler will explore.
Mr. Theiler has served four terms as Vice-President of the
CT Commercial Lobstermen's Association. He is also the co-chair of the CT
Seafood Council and an advisor to UCONN'sCollege of Natural Resources.He is presently an industry representative on
the Area 6 Lobster Conservation Management Team.His boat, the "Jeanette T" is
docked by the Winthrop Cove "footbridge" at the north end of Ferry St.
The meeting will take place at the FortTrumbullConferenceCenter,
Street, New London, CT, beginning promptly at The public is welcome to
attend this free presentation which is hosted by the Friends of Fort Trumbull.
Free Parking is available just inside the main gate. More information
about the Fort is available at: www.fortfriends.org