Public Hearing this Week on Bill to Protect Waters of Maine’s Lobster Fishery

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sustainable seafood practices wants to preserve the Maine lobster industry for years to come.

“I am in support of any effort by the state to preserve our precious commodity.” -Mark Murrell of

According to a Feb. 3 Associated Press article, Maine lawmakers will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 6th on a bill that hopes to protect the state’s lobster fishery by prohibiting the use of certain chemicals in Maine’s water bodies.

The bill was introduced by Democrat Walter Kumiega of Deer Isle, Maine, and proposes banning the use of methoprene and resmethrin – two chemicals that are used to kill mosquitoes – in waters that drain into the Gulf of Maine or on land where runoff can occur into those waterways.

The Associated Press reports Kumiega’s view that many believe that the heavy use of these chemicals in New York and Connecticut may be partially to blame for a large die-off in the lobster population there. The chemicals were used to prevent an outbreak of West Nile Virus in 1999. This bill is an effort to protect Maine lobster.

“Thus far, the state of Maine has done a great job protecting and nourishing our industry,” says Mark Murrell, owner of “I am in support of any effort by the state to preserve our precious commodity.”

Rep. Kumiega is serving his second term in the Legislature and is House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources. He has been appointed Maine's Legislative Commissioner to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The fishing industry is a major part of the economy in the district Rep. Kumiega represents.

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