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US wildlife agency finalises salmon BiOp

The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has formally concluded that 23 federally protected species of Pacific salmonids are likely to be placed in jeopardy by the continued use of the insecticides, diflubenzuron, fenbutatin oxide and propargite. The agency released its final Biological Opinion (BiOp) for the three pesticides on January 20th, calling on the US EPA to require no-spray buffer zones to protect the affected species and their critical habitat throughout the Pacific Northwest. The NMFS, which conducted the review under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), concluded that the buffer zones should be implemented within a year of the final BiOp.

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