Through these awards, provided by the Fishing for Energy Fund and Long Island Sound Futures Fund, CCE will employ up to 45 local lobstermen to identify and remove derelict fishing gear, reclaiming about 40,000 acres of the sea floor of the Long Island Sound.

The members of the Long Island Sound Lobstermen’s Association and CCE project team will collaborate to identify the location of the gear, remove it from the seabed, and analyze the impact of the derelict fishing gear on the marine habitat.

Fishing for Energy is a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Covanta Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program, and Schnitzer Steel Industries.