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With lobsters in mind, Maine legislator proposes ban on some pesticides

Jan 31st, 2014 | By

Pesticides have long been considered a menace by Maine’s lobster industry, and now a Deer Isle lawmaker is proposing legislative help in keeping some of the chemicals away from the state’s top commercial fishery. According to a press release from the House Democrats, the two pesticides were found in the tissue of dead lobsters that

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Lobstermen applaud effort of Weston legislator to keep pesticides out of Sound

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

“For several years we have listened to the experts who told us that these pesticides could not harm the lobster population — last year, however, we learned that the experts may have been wrong,” said Mr. Shaban, ranking member of the Environment Committee. “This measure will give the benefit of the doubt to the people who have been working these waters for their entire lives, and will help restore a lucrative local industry.”

Campaign: Pollution threatens Maine lobsters

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By

A coalition of diverse groups is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about pollution they say is threatening Maine’s lobster population. The Maine Lobster Council, Ready Seafood Co., the Maine Restaurant Association, the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center and the Natural Resources Council of Maine are holding a news conference Tuesday to announce

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Fishing ban alone won’t restore lobsters Stamford Advocate editorial

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

Anxious to stop the downward spiral of the lobster population in Long Island Sound, the government next fall will institute a 12-week ban on lobster fishing from Connecticut to southern Massachusetts. It’s a more aggressive strategy than minimum-size restrictions that have had no success. But if the waters of Long Island Sound are becoming uninhabitable

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Blumenthal Statement On The Loss Of Lobsters In Long Island Sound

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

Monday, July 23, 2012 (Washington) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released a statement about the loss of lobsters in Long Island Sound following a recent report about the presence of pesticides in this crustacean population: The widespread Long Island Sound lobster loss threatens a key Connecticut industry and resource of regional economic importance.

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Lobstermen, officials rail against proposed 3-month moratorium on commercial lobster fishing in Long Island Sound

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

GUILFORD — A proposed three-month moratorium on commercial lobster fishing is not the way to address the dramatic decline of lobsters in Long Island Sound, lobstermen, officials and activists said Monday. They urged the government instead to take a closer look at pesticides that some blame for the Sound-wide lobster die-off that began about 12

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EDITORIAL: Decline in lobster catch continues

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

The Long Island Sound lobster fishery never recovered from the 1999 die-off that resulted in federal disaster relief for those who caught the crustacean for their living. In 1998, 3.7 million pounds of lobster were taken from the Sound; last year, only 142,000 pounds. In western Long Island Sound, the catch has fallen 98 percent.

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Pesticides in Long Island Sound Lobsters. What Does It Mean? | thissphere

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

Tiny amounts of pesticides have been found in a handful of lobsters caught in Long Island Sound and tested by the Connecticut DEEP and UConn. You can read a good account of it in the Ct Mirror, here. It is an interesting finding, but it’s also perplexing. Researchers will now look for a cause and

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Shellfishermen protest sewage bypasses

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By

STAMFORD — Robert Griffith and Jardar Nygaard are the last commercial shellfishermen in Stamford Harbor and their boats are getting rusty. They’ve barely worked over the last year due to state-mandated shellfish bed closures, which shutter their businesses for weeks at a time after rainstorms or sewage spills. For more on this story, visit: Shellfishermen

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Lobster conservation group to discuss harvest reduction strategy

Nov 25th, 2011 | By

Old Lyme — Members of the Lobster Conservation Management Team who oversee the Long Island Sound-Block Island Sound lobster management area will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Marine Headquarters at 333 Ferry Road to discuss implementation of a 10 percent reduction in

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10 percent fewer lobsters can be locally harvested now: Panel

Nov 11th, 2011 | By

The multistate panel that regulates coastal Atlantic fisheries on Wednesday approved a 10 percent reduction in the number of lobsters that can be harvested from southern New England waters, including Long Island Sound. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Panel approves 10 percent cut for lobster hauls in local waters | News

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N.Y. pesticide use blamed for late-summer lobster die-off

Oct 6th, 2011 | By

Long Island Sound lobster fishers, grappling with the 12th year of a tragic die-off that threatens the livelihood of the few left in the industry, asked state lawmakers on Wednesday to persuade neighboring New York to change the chemical it uses to attack mosquitoes. Read more here: N.Y. pesticide use blamed for late-summer lobster die-off

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Disease that rots shells threatens Northeast lobster industry

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — A disease that rots the shells of lobsters is threatening the Northeast’s $20-million lobster industry, scientists said Wednesday. The disease, decimating lobsters since the mid 1990s, could mean new regulations for fishermen already struggling with a bad economy, said Mark Gibson, deputy chief of the state Department of Environmental Management’s Division of

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Could lobsters be our canary in the coal mine?

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

Coal miners once carried canaries into the mines knowing any toxic gas leaking into the shafts would first overcome the small birds, providing a warning. Could lobsters in Long Island Sound and elsewhere along the southern New England coastline be providing our warning? Researcher Hans Laufer fears that is the case. via The Day –

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Suffolk Executive Steve Levy Slams Lobster Restrictions

Aug 10th, 2010 | By

Hauppauge – Suffolk Executive Steve Levy denounced an up to 75 percent restriction on lobster catches proposed by the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Levy noted the restriction would catastrophically affect the historic Long Island lobster industry, and yet has no guarantee of yielding results. Levy instead proposed a series of common-sense measures to

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