Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, March 8, 2018
Lobster co-op tears down old hatchery for new building
by Anne Berleant
A 50-plus year old building housing a lobster hatchery at the Stonington Lobster Co-op’s Indian Point Road property has been torn down to make way for a new office building.
“We’re building a new building for new offices and eventually, potentially, a tank room,” co-op manager Ron Trundy said.
Founded 68 years ago by local fishermen, the Stonington Lobster Co-op also operates a facility located at the end of Atlantic Avenue.
Once the new 40 x 100-foot building is finished, the current office building will be demolished. In its place will be a parking area with room for 10 cars, “if they park like they should,” Trundy said.
“We needed a new building, and we need more parking,” he said of the decision to upgrade.
Currently, the co-op holds 80 working members and 120 shareholders, according to the website stoningtonlobstercoop.com. While the 2018 lobster season so far has been “pretty poor,” and in 2017 lobsters were down in some areas by as much as 20 percent, Trundy said that means little on its own.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of lobstering; let’s see what this year brings. We can tell a little bit better after another season whether it’s the beginning of a decline or just a fluky year. It’s hard to tell on one year.”