Posted by Steve on June 20, 2010
Queensland Greens spokesperson, Dr Libby Connors, said the latest deaths made the release of the Noosa Fish Health Investigation Taskforce report all the more urgent.
“We know the two veterinary scientists on the scientific sub-committee concluded agricultural chemicals were factors in the fish deaths,” Dr Connors said.
“The public has the right to be concerned about the delay in releasing the final report which was originally scheduled for April.”
Since the taskforce began its investigation:
* Sunfish Queensland has reported an increase in deformities in bream caught along the southeast coast
* The United States Environmental Protection Agency has commenced withdrawing endosulfan from the US market owing to concerns about endosulfan’s environmental harm
* The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) was revealed to have misrepresented chemical test results from the Noosa River
“In the midst of mounting local and international evidence, Australian agencies responsible for monitoring agri-chemical use appear to be in denial about the environmental harm and harm to public health caused by these chemicals,” Dr Connors said.
“We need to know what action, if any, the Queensland government is going to take in the face of this evidence of serious environmental harm.
“How many more fish deaths have to occur before the report will be released?
“The Noosa fish hatchery is clearly the canary in the southeast Queensland environment.”