Organophosphate harms salmon and orca populations

Organophosphate harms salmon and orca populations

New recommendations proposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) offers protective measures to avoid pesticide runoff from entering marine environments. The organophosphate family of pesticides are commonly applied to nut, rice, cotton, and citrus crops. NMFS recommendations come in the wake of studies of three widely used agricultural pesticides including chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon and their affects on salmon and orca populations. The NMFS supports protective measures including buffer zones, spray reduction technologies, and pesticide stewardship programs. After legal action, the recommendations are finally being considered by the EPA.

Read more about the study and following lawsuits on earthjustice.org.