Connecticut shellfishermen are protesting changes to the leases they’re required sign with the state. They say new leases could cause them to lose their livelihoods.
Commercial shellfish companies have to lease beds on the bottom of Long Island Sound from the state in order to grow and harvest their catch. The new version of that lease contract says if a company doesn’t pay its lease fee within 10 days, they lose their right to fish the bed. Jimmy Salce of Nutmeg Shellfish says it didn’t used to be that way.