Bill Would Ban Use of Pesticides to Protect Lobsters

Lobsterman. Photo: New England Boating, Eric Brust
Lobsterman. Photo: New England Boating, Eric Brust

Bangor Daily News: 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.

Walter Kumiega has introduced a bill that would ban the use of 2 pesticides commonly used to kill mosquitoes. Kumiega’s bill, LD 1678, specifically would not allow the use of methoprene or resmethrin in any body of water that drains into the Gulf of Maine or on land where runoff into the ocean is possible.

Read more about the potential banning of pesticides to protect Maine lobster.