Part of Penobscot Closed to Lobster Fishing

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STOCKTON SPRINGS - Maine's Department of Marine Resources has closed the Fort Point area lobster fishery, due to "high levels of toxic mercury contamination,"  but the definition of "high" is being debated by lobstermen.

The contamination is being blamed on the former Holtra-Chem chemical plant in Orrington, which put mercury into the Penobscot in the late 1960's.

 

There have been lawsuits in the past, with a new trial scheduled for this May.

 

The Department of Marine Resources claim they were first made aware of possible mercury levels last year and they will continue to test the water, with Resource Commissioner Patrick Keliher saying
“Maine lobster is the best in the world and we’re taking very precautious steps to protect this valuable, unique resource."

 

 

Jaclyn Cangro

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Jaclyn Cangro joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in September of 2013. She was raised in suburban New York and graduated cum laude from Emerson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013.

While at Emerson, she won the 2012 New England Emmy Award for Best College Newscast as co-executive producer. She was also nationally ranked by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) as one of the Top 20 Sports Broadcasters in the country, being one of two females on the list.

When not on the air, she enjoys watching and rooting for the New York Mets and New England Patriots.

She’s excited to explore all Maine has to offer! If you have any story ideas, contact her at [email protected] or tweet her @jaclyncangro.

 
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