“pesticides were being used on farms at levels above government guidelines“.
Pesticide run-off from farms was affecting crustaceans’ nervous systems and, in Bribie Island laboratory tests from 2017, tiger prawn larvae exposed to the level of pesticides found in the waterways would die.
[Same chemicals]… linked to honey-bee deaths in the United States in the early 2000s... impact survival (fipronil) or their feeding rates (bifenthrin and imidacloprid).
The CSIRO has released laboratory research that shows the level of pesticides in Queensland river systems is slowly increasing to a level that impacts prawn larvae.
The report showed pesticide run-off from farms was affecting crustaceans’ nervous systems and killing tiger prawn larvae when they were exposed to the level of pesticides found in the major Queensland waterways, with the potential to have a major impact on the state’s $80 million prawn industry.