On August 10, 2022, Department staff met a team from CTDEEP's Water Monitoring & Assessment Unit who collected blue crabs from the Mill River. The purpose was to analyze tissue samples from the crabs to determine the concentrations of lead. The sampling locations "upstream" of Harbor Road and Southport Harbor are specifically related to historic lead-impacted sediment from the former Exide battery property on Post Road.
Currently, there is a CT Department of Public Health advisory (HERE) against eating blue crabs from the Mill River, excluding Southport Harbor.
The CTDEEP has posted this flyer for blue crab fishing HERE. Please contact the CTDEEP Marine Fisheries Division at 860-434-6043 for more information.