Mutant fish spawn cry for chemical ban
July 13, 2009 - 1:34PM
More mutant fish with up to three heads at a Noosa River fish hatchery have prompted calls for a ban on the use of farm chemicals in the area.
Sunland Fish Hatchery owner Gwen Gilson has told reporters she has discovered several more deformed mullet embryos at her hatchery.
The deformed embryos spawned after seven mullet from the Noosa River were given to the Boreen Point hatchery for breeding earlier this month.
A large portion of the embryos have developed cell abnormalities, which range from two to three heads.
Queensland Greens spokeswoman Libby Connors echoed the calls, saying there should be an immediate ban put in place on the use of Carbendazim and Endosulfan.
"The international, and now local, evidence linking Carbendazim and endosulfan to birth defects is very strong," she said.
"Carbendazim is not available in the US and should not be available here.
"Endosulfan is banned in the EU and New Zealand and should also be banned here."
Carbendazim is a systemic fungicide used to control a broad range of diseases on cereals, fruits, cotton, tobacco, turf, ornamentals and vegetables.
Endosulfan is used in agricultural and horticultural crops for the control of a variety of insects and mites.
***ps....I am amazed whenever I have seen chemicals being sprayed over farms....and believe it drifts over to the neighbouring areas....its not restricted to where it is sprayed.... its a dangerous pratice