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The owner of a Sunshine Coast fish hatchery has again called for a moratorium on the use of some farm chemicals after the discovery of more deformed fish in stock from the Noosa River.
Queensland Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin says fresh reports of two-headed mullet embryos - and a single three-headed embryo - will be investigated by a special task force that was set up in January.
Hatchery owner Gwen Gilson says the deformed embryos were produced after she used mullet from the Noosa River as breeding stock.
As the Australian Tourist industry struggles, the popular Noosa River in Queensland is being threatened by bureaucratic inaction to stop the use of agricultural chemicals that are killing and deforming its fish.
The same chemicals are used in Macadamia nut farms in many catchments from northern NSW through Queensland and are may be killing millions of fish annually.
Deformities in the fish had increased as the neighbouring macadamia nut plantation had expanded in the past two years to virtually border the hatchery on three sides, said Landos. Rapidly developing pest-control technology also meant smaller particles of pesticide could travel further. Chickens, horses and sheep at the hatchery were also experiencing birth defects and foetal deaths at abnormally high rates, he said.
Whether or not the impacts of agricultural chemicals are clearly understood, how serious have some farmers been in protecting the river catchment by minimising spray drift and run-off in accordance with industry best practices? (The neighbouring macadamia farm bordering the fish hatchery, according to the interim report, "is considered to be operating under industry best practice guidelines").
Originally posted by GEORGETHEGREEK
You guys are eating and drinking this..