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Plastic Threat to Lobsters

US - Think twice about where you put that plastic bottle. It might end up poisoning the Bay of Fundy's lobster population,

The Fundy North Fishermen's Association has launched an education programme warning fishermen and the public not to litter the waterfront.

They are concerned about eh amount of plastic and plastic bottles in particular that are littering Bay of Fundy and which are believed to have contributed to a recent epidemic of lobster shell rot in New England.

"Marine debris has been a huge problem in this area for a while," said Maria Recchia, the association's executive director told the Telegraph Journal.

"It's coming from all sides - fishing boats, aquaculture sites, recreational boaters, land-based sources. For the population here, I think it's a pretty significant problem."

The Telegraph Journal reports that the risk to the bay's lobsters, however, is a new facet to the pollution problem.

Hans Laufer, a professor at the University of Connecticut, has spent the last four years investigating the link between the plastic byproducts, called alkyphenols, and shell rot.

View the Telegraph Journal story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy

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