Estrogen Endangers Lobsters



Between 1998 and 2004 there has been a 70 percent decline in the lobster population according to the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association.

The answer may lie in the water the lobsters live in being contaminated with human hormones. Human hormones are part of a group of chemicals called endocrine disruptors which are present in pharmaceutical hormone drugs, pesticides, detergents, and cosmetics. These chemicals can cause cancer, disrupt the immune system, and cause reproductive system disorders.

Scientists suspect that female estrogen in birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy is the prime cause of the lobster decline because estrogen is very much like the lobsters natural molting hormone and is interfering with the lobsters natural growth, molting, and reproduction.

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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