Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Penobscot River. (Photo Credit: SarekOfVulcan/CC BY-SA 2.0) )

Lobster closure due to mercury contamination in Maine

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Monday, February 24, 2014, 03:40 (GMT + 9)

The area of ​​the Penobscot River was closed to lobster fishing, because high levels of mercury were found in these crustaceans.

The mercury contamination came to light after a court order a study related to a federal lawsuit which was brought by the Maine People's Alliance and the Council of the Natural Resources Defence against Mallinckrodt Inc., a company that owns a factory in the mouth of Penobscot River, area now closed for harvesting lobsters and crabs.

Environmentalists have warned for years that the plant’s former owner, HoltraChem, dumped mercury into the Penobscot River.

Local fishermen highlighted they knew that environmental groups and the state had been doing studies for years, but they had hear nothing until last month when the tests showed unsafe mercury levels in lobsters and crabs.

About 270 licensed commercial and recreational harvesters work in the area and are potentially affected by the closure, according to the Department of Marine Resources.

Lobsters are gathered across more than 14,000 square miles in the Gulf of Maine, and their catch was valued at USD 340 million in 2012. Figures for year 2013 are not yet available, Press Heralds informed.

Locals wonder why it took so long for the state to react, given the reports and studies by environmental organizations and the state itself.

However, Chris Whipple, a member of the Penobscot River Mercury Study Panel said that Maine’s slow reaction might have been due to the court proceedings, which prevented researchers, intervening in the study order by the court, from publishing their results or presenting them without court permission, San Francisco Chronicle informs.

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association, the trade group for lobstermen, said the mercury levels were similar to those found in canned tuna.

Both local residents and fishermen are worried about the damage the closure will cause to the brand as Maine lobsters consumers regularly ignore if they came from the area that has been closed.

Besides, lobsters are highly migratory. In contrast, crabs move a little, but they are not as migratory as lobsters.


[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
United Kingdom
May 27, 05:30 (GMT + 9):
IOTC takes action in Indonesia
United States
May 27, 01:10 (GMT + 9):
Aquaculture advocated as solution to solve overfishing issues
United States
May 27, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
North Carolina shrimp catches and sales soared
Nicaragua
May 26, 23:30 (GMT + 9):
Over 50 pc of Nicaraguan shrimp belong to Nueva Pescanova
Norway
May 26, 22:30 (GMT + 9):
DHL Global Forwarding to keep the Norwegian seafood moving
United States
May 26, 22:10 (GMT + 9):
Coastal fish farming industry proposed in North Carolina
United Kingdom
May 26, 21:50 (GMT + 9):
Fish landed by Scottish registered vessels grew in value and volume in 2016
United States
May 26, 21:20 (GMT + 9):
President Trump's budget proposal threatens key ocean programs
Ghana
May 26, 21:00 (GMT + 9):
Fisheries Act to enforce the fisheries regulations at their respective landing sites
Iceland
May 26, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - MSC label for Greenland halibut fishery
United States
May 26, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Oregon, California governors seek salmon disaster aid
United States
May 26, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - New England fisheries group considers banning lobster boats from a portion of Gulf of Maine
United States
May 26, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Coastal lawmaker wants to create fish farming industry in NC
United States
May 26, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Shrimp season begins in S.C.
United Kingdom
May 26, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Value of fishing in Scotland reaches record high



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Canning association offers R&D to biotechnology companies
Spain The canning association ANFACO-CECOPESCA offered the biotechnology sector of Galicia its R&D in blue biotechnology to advance in the creation of new functional compounds.
Brussels declares Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Comoros as non-cooperating countries
European Union Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Comoros have been identified as non-cooperating third countries under the EU's regulation to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, while Liberia has been pre-identified.
Fishcor horse mackerel plant progresses as planned
Namibia The National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) onshore horse mackerel processing plant being set up at Walvis Bay is progressing according to plans, as it was reported by the firm’s chief executive officer.
ISSF’s report highlights tuna fishery sustainability progress
Worldwide The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has released its 2016 annual report outlining tuna sustainability achievements and arguing for continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Nueva Pescanova, S.L. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2017 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER