Long Island Lobstermen to Trap More Whelk

Whelk (Busycon Carica), photo/Wikipedia
Whelk (Busycon Carica), photo/Wikipedia

Newsday: Long Island lobstermen still reeling from a historic closure of Long Island Sound last fall won a victory Wednesday [January 15] after a state committee declined to put new restrictions on the harvest of a vital alternative species known as whelk.

At a meeting of the Marine Resources Advisory Council in Setauket, board members voted against putting size restrictions on the harvest of whelk, a large snaillike creature also referred to locally as conch. Lobstermen have turned to whelk to make up lost income as the population of lobsters has sharply declined in the waters around Long Island.

Read more about Long Island lobstermen’s switch to trapping whelk.