Maine introduces ban on pesticides to protect lobsters
January 31, 2014
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 two pesticides commonly used to kill mosquitos. 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.