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Mar 24th
2014

Mercury Contamination of Lobsters in a Maine River Leads to Fishing Closure

Last month, the Maine Department of Marine Resources reported that lobsters in the mouth of the Penobscot River contain elevated mercury levels that could threaten human health. Most lobsters have moderate mercury levels, but scientists found that lobsters in the Penobscot River had mercury levels similar to levels found in canned albacore tuna- a species for which there is a mercury consumption warning. Because of this they have closed the area to lobster and crab fishing for two years.

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