N.B. MP wants closer look at pesticide and lobster deaths in Bay of Fundy

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - A New Brunswick MP is urging the federal government to take a closer look at how an agricultural pesticide ended up in the Bay of Fundy, possibly killing hundreds of lobsters.
Greg Thompson says the parliamentary standing committee on fisheries, as well as Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, should investigate.
Thompson met Tuesday with several fisheries organizations concerned about the agricultural pesticide cypermethrin, which Environment Canada identified in dead lobster last fall.
He doubts the chemical got in the bay from agricultural run-off, while some have suggested it could be linked to fish farming.
Environment Canada started an investigation in December after dead and dying lobsters were found off Grand Manan, and launched another probe a week ago after another lobster kill near Deer Island.
Thompson says the provincial government should look at its own role because the New Brunswick Agriculture and Aquaculture Department regulates fish farming in the Bay of Fundy.

Organizations: Environment Canada, New Brunswick MP, New Brunswick Agriculture and Aquaculture Department

Geographic location: Bay of Fundy, SAINT JOHN, Grand Manan Deer Island

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