TheHour.com: Twice a week, Richard Harris, Harbor Watch director and Pete Fraboni, associate director, board a refurbished wooden oyster boat that has long outlived its 10-year life expectancy, drop a chain-weighted trawl with a fine-meshed net, and slowly collect and study the bottom-dwelling inhabitants of Norwalk Harbor.
In the 22 years that Harbor Watch has been studying the patterns of the marine inhabitants of Norwalk Harbor, they have seen the decline, and complete disappearance, of many species that had once been plentiful, but the results coming from this year’s scientific study have been surpisingly positive in the form of an explosion in the juvenile winter flounder population.
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Tom Richardson is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.