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Nuvan use in salmon farming The antithesis of the precautionary principle

Authors
Journal
Marine Pollution Bulletin
0025-326X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0025-326x(89)90313-5
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract Nuvan 500 EC is an organophosphorus pesticide (active ingredient: dichlorvos), widely used in agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, food storage and even to control fleas on domestic pets. In the salmon farming industry it is used to control sea lice. Recent investigations have led to the conclusion that, given Nuvan's known toxicity and the extensive gaps in our knowledge about its environmental effects, the widespread and growing use of this substance in the marine environment is unacceptable. Furthermore, the current controls of the use of Nuvan are inadequate and largely contrary to the UK government's stated commitment to a precautionary approach to marine pollution.

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