From: sync.sympatico, CBC
Published February 19, 2010 09:29 AM

Lobsters are dying in Bay of Fundy

Fishermen are furious a pesticide normally used for agriculture ended up in the Bay of Fundy and may have contributed to the death of hundreds of lobsters.

Dead lobsters first appeared last November in Grand Manan's Seal Cove, and five days later a fisherman 50 kilometres away in Pocologan found more dead lobsters in his traps.

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Soon after that discovery, another 816 kilograms of weak or dead lobster were discovered in Deer Island's Fairhaven Harbour.

"I've been around lobsters all my life. And I never seen lobsters in that state," said fisherman Reid Brown said.

Environment Canada has launched two investigations into the lobster kills on Grand Manan and Deer Island.

Tests found that the lobsters were exposed to Cypermethrin, a pesticide that's illegal to use in marine environments and toxic to lobsters.

Environment Canada found no evidence about how the pesticide got into the Bay of Fundy. There are few if any farms near the Fundy coast that could be a source for the Cypermethrin found in the bay.

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