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US Florida fish found with tumors, burn marks – aquatic spraying program may be to blame: report

20:20  25 november  2019
20:20  25 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A Florida fisherman believes the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s aquatic spraying program is destroying Lake Okeechobee’s vegetation and causing fish to suffer from deformities, CBS 12 News reported.

a man standing next to a body of water© South Florida Sun-Sentinel

According to the report, Jason Blair noticed something odd going on at Lake Okeechobee during his recent fishing trips.

“Week after week, day after day, we’re pulling out damaged fish with tumors and burn marks on their sides and it’s just a terrible thing,” said Blair. “Tumors on a fish is definitely unusual and something I have not seen before until the last couple of months in these heavily sprayed areas.”

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Blair believes the FWC is to blame, citing their recent chemical spraying on Lake Okeechobee. He now plans on protesting the agency.

“They’re out here everyday spraying, spraying, spraying and all that stuff is coating the bottom of the lake with muck and mud,” Blair said.

According to the report, FWC officials say the herbicide spraying is necessary to control the spread of non-native invasive plants.

Read the full story on CBS 12.

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