Friday, June 27, 2008

Lobster on Fridays


WHEREAS, the Department of Environmental Management, with cities and towns in Rhode Island, will place large amounts of toxic poisons into catch drains and, sewers in the hope of killing mosquitoes; and

WHEREAS, this same toxic poison, as it finds its way into the bay, has the same deadly effect, upon the larvae of lobsters; and

WHEREAS, one of Little Compton’s leading industries is the harvesting of lobsters from the harbor, bay and sound, and this discharge of toxic poisons will have an adverse effect on this industry; and

WHEREAS, Little Compton is the end destination of tourists enjoying the historic sights, our beaches but also the fine lobster entrees offered by Little Compton restaurants.

Now Therefore Be It RESOLVED: that the Town of Little Compton intentionally refrains from the use of any methoprene and any other toxic poisons that present the same risk as methoprene in the mosquito abatement program and look to other less invasive methods of mosquito control.

Adopted by the Little Compton Town Council on April 10, 2008.

Are pesticides killing Rhode Island lobsters?


David said...

Don't know about your lobsters, but cat poop is killing our otters here in California.

By the way, thanks for getting stuck on #43 for a while. ;-)

Anonymous said...

There's more information here. Thanks all. Keep up the good work.

Litoralis said...

So, baby lobsters are a lot like baby mosquitoes?

Carol Anne said...

Yeah, Litoralis, that's the problem. You have your good arthropods, like lobsters and shrimp, and you have your bad arthropods, like mosquitoes and black widows, and unfortunately, the things that kill the bad arthropods also kill the good arthropods.

Of course, it used to be that the way to kill mosquito larvae was to spray oil on top of the water that they grew in -- I remember an elementary school textbook that I read that said that was one of the best ways to control them. Nowadays, that's definitely not a politically correct solution.

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