Connecticut’s new soundkeeper will be partly based in New Haven – Connecticut News

Connecticut’s new soundkeeper will be partly based in New Haven – Connecticut News

WILTON >> Growing up in Wilton, Bill Lucey spent most of his time around Long Island Sound. He caught flounder in Rowayton, fished for blue snappers in the Saugatuck River and dug for clams in Stamford Harbor.

Those experiences sparked his career in biology and conservation, which has spanned 30 years and taken him across the nation and in Central America. And those memories convinced him to move from Hawaii back to the East Coast to help protect and preserve Long Island Sound as the new soundkeeper.

For many years, reading about fish consumption advisories and polluted waters kept him from moving back. But the progress made by Soundkeeper, Inc., Save the Sound and other organizations dedicated to improving the Sound encouraged him to bring his expertise to the area, he said.

“I guess I felt it was sort of my responsibility to come back and lend my shoulder to the collective push, because the Sound is getting better and we need to keep pushing where there is no fish consumption advisory and people don’t have to worry about catching fish and feeding it to their children,” said Lucey, former project manager with Kauai Invasive Species Committee at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii.


“My goal is to make sure that everybody is thinking about the whole picture, all the problems are addressed and we move forward to that nice clean Long Island Sound future.”

Lucey will replace the late Terry Backer — a Norwalk native, third-generation fisherman and longtime state representative who served as the first Soundkeeper in 1987 until his death in 2015.

The position has been vacant since…

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