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1080 Again

Post by piwakawaka » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:09 pm

Todays news......surprised by the lack of interest in this.

1080 Prompts Trout Warning

Last updated 19:51 26/09/2014

Anglers are being warned to avoid eating fish caught in back country waters as they could be tainted by 1080 poison.

The Department of Conservation plans to aerially drop 1080 poison across 700,000 hectares of conservation land, mostly in the South Island, to reduce rodent numbers.

Fishing groups expressed concerns that mice - which were often eaten by trout - could carry sub-lethal amounts of 1080, posing a food safety risk for humans.

DOC commissioned independent research into the risk, finding 1080 levels in trout flesh were significantly higher than recognised food safety guidelines.

Fish & Game New Zealand chief executive Bryce Johnson said the results were "not a good look" for New Zealand's so-called 100 per cent pure environmental brand.

“Anglers fishing back country waters, including overseas anglers who come here because of the trout fishery’s international reputation, have always been able to assume that it is totally safe to catch a trout and eat it. Sadly, this turns that over," he said.

DOC's massive 1080 operation had been planned in response to an anticipated "mouse plague" after beech forests produced large crops of seed this year, giving the rodents extra food.

“While we understand why DOC is doing this, the findings from this recent research has added a very significant and concerning new dimension to the 1080 debate”, Johnson said.

He believed the ramifications of the operation would extend "well beyond" the poison sites, but said Fish & Game had "been left with no choice" but to support DOC's warning to anglers.

He called for further research to provide a more accurate picture of the possible risks.

“Fish and Game is not saying don’t go fishing in the back country, just don’t eat the fish," Johnson said.

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Re: 1080 Again

Post by fowang » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:14 pm

Thanks for that, is this in the south or the north island?

Do you have link to this?

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Re: 1080 Again

Post by Salmo Brown Trout » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:55 am

The below link shows the areas where the 1080 is being dropped, there are detailed maps showing the locations.
Some being close to country towns. :?

http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/thr ... summaries/

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