Common pesticides threaten salmon US fisheries agency concludes

first_img Email U.S. Bureau of Land Management/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) “Those of us who fight to protect and restore rivers and their critical fisheries are very pleased that the biological opinions were released,” said Sharon Selvaggio, of Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. “To protect salmon, we need to respond to what the science is showing us.”In the late 1980s, salmon and steelhead fishing in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California brought in $1.25 billion each year and supported more than 62,000 jobs, Earthjustice said, adding that the “economic benefits of dwindling salmon have grown exponentially since then.”The group blamed the declining salmon runs on dams, climate change, a loss of habitat and pesticide runoff.”Salmon have been waiting four decades for relief from toxic pesticides in many of our rivers,” said Glen Spain, Northwest regional director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. “The agencies should do their job.” By Rob Hotakainen, E&E NewsJan. 12, 2018 , 1:46 PM Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe A coho salmon spawning in the Salmon River in northwest Oregon. Common pesticides threaten salmon, U.S. fisheries agency concludes Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country To protect salmon, we need to respond to what the science is showing us. It was made public this week by Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization that wants EPA to ban the chemicals.Chlorpyrifos is widely applied on citrus, nuts, and orchards, while malathion is used on more than 100 food crops, including alfalfa, cotton, rice, and wheat, according to officials at Earthjustice.Diazinon is used on fruit trees, rice, corn, sugarcane, potatoes, and horticultural plants, the group said.”The best available science clearly shows these pesticides are a major threat to endangered salmon and to our orca whales, which need salmon to survive,” said Patti Goldman, managing attorney at Earthjustice. “These pesticides are bad for people every way they are exposed to it and toxic to salmon.”CropLife America, a national trade association that represents the manufacturers, formulators and distributors of pesticides, said it is “carefully reviewing” the biological opinion, adding that it was done too quickly to allow “for appropriate engagement with the public and stakeholders.” Three common and widely used farm pesticides can harm endangered salmon and jeopardize their survival, according to a new report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries).The pesticides—chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon—also threaten orcas, because they eat salmon, the agency said.The findings are included in a biological opinion that NOAA’s fisheries experts wrote for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) [The document] has the potential to create exaggerated and unfounded concerns regarding threatened and endangered species. Sharon Selvaggio, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides CropLife America “The denial of a requested extension of time to complete the opinion resulted in a document that has the potential to create exaggerated and unfounded concerns regarding threatened and endangered species and have a negative impact on farmers as well as public health protection,” the association said in a statement.NOAA Fisheries said it delivered the 3417-page opinion earlier than planned due to a court-imposed deadline. The agency said it needed more time to address “a variety of technical and methodological issues.””Getting more time would have also allowed [NOAA Fisheries] to engage with the public and stakeholders on a draft biological opinion prior to issuance of a final biological opinion, as originally planned and as recommended by the National Academies of Sciences,” the agency said in a statement.The report examined the effect of pesticides on salmon in several locations, including the Pacific Northwest and West Coast.Conservation groups said they’ll use the new opinion to push EPA to ban the pesticides. Read more…last_img read more

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