In self-interest, we must protect our coasts
As coastal constituents of U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, we care about the welfare of Long Island Sound. Coastal recreation drives our economy, and at the core of this economy is the marine environment. Recreational services along the Sound, such as fishing, rely on vibrant ecosystems. By protecting these ecosystems against climate change, we can sustain profits from coastal recreation into the future. If we ignore the economic risk of climate change, we not only threaten ecosystems, but also the nearly 52,000 jobs and $3.6 billion in GDP that make up Connecticut’s coastal economy.
Members of Congress should prioritize ocean-related climate adaptation to promote resilient ecosystems. Already, champions like Reps. Dingell and Mast are protecting their communities that depend on healthy oceans. Through their recent sponsorship of Forage Fish Conservation Act (H.R.2236), they have taken steps towards better fisheries management, a step that will undoubtedly enhance the Sound. With this legislation, generations of Connecticut citizens can enjoy the recreation and economic benefits of a managed marine environment. We ask Courtney to join others in Congress to safeguard the environment and economy of our important coasts and oceans.
Stories that may interest you
I was appalled to read, “Sabilia would lead Waterford down New London’s failed path,” (Oct. 9), critical of Beth Sabila, a first selectman candidate...
Boy, are we lucky! We have two of the best and most experienced candidates running for election. We have Rob Pero running for Board of Education at a time when experience and judgment are at a premium, and at a time when our school system desperately needs to recover from a terrible scandal. We...
I am glad Ron McDaniel is running for mayor of Montville again. His education and experience make him the best qualified candidate. Ron possesses verbal, written and listening skills sorely lacking in his opponent, who has not demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the...
Norwich is again asking the voters to approve a $5 million bond for infrastructure work. We still have $3 million left from the loan taken out in 2017. The city is paying about 4% interest on these loans. Property owners are paying 2.37 mills in taxes for the past loans...