Maine Salmon-Farming Pesticide Probed in Lobster Kills

Atlantic Salmon, courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, Canadian authorities are looking into whether the use of pesticides in some of Maine’s coastal salmon-farming operations may have led to the death of lobsters in adjacent Canadian waters.

A recent Canadian study shows that pesticides used to control “sea lice” (a type of small parasitic crustacean) in pen-raised Atlantic salmon, can harm or kill lobsters in nearby waters, although aquaculture representatives claim the study did not represent a real-life scenario.

Here’s an excerpt from the Bangor Daily News article:

“Parasites, pesticides, sick salmon and dead lobsters.

These four things have become an issue in Passamaquoddy Bay, and no one seems to be happy about it.

Not the salmon aquaculture operators, who are using pesticides to combat a damaging outbreak of sea lice at their fish pens in Passamaquoddy Bay and adjacent Cobscook Bay. Not environmentalists, who are concerned about the effect the pesticides might be having on surrounding marine life. And not lobster fishermen, who fear the use of pesticides has contributed to widespread lobster deaths in the past.”

Read the full article:

Bangor Daily News

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