Commercial fishermen in Connecticut say this is the worst winter for the state's shellfish industry in at least 35 years.

Cold temperatures have caused thick ice to form, locking in boats at many ports.

Larry Williams runs commercial oyster and clam boats out of Milford and said he hasn't seen a winter this bad since at least about 1978.

Williams said the conditions have brought business to a halt.

The effect is felt from the dock to dining tables across the state.

“We can’t even get all the fresh shellfish we normally get. So it’s like a big chunk of what we do is missing,” explained David Borselle, chef and owner of Avert Brasserie in West Hartford.

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