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April 22, 2005
Contact: Jon Anderson, (360) 902-2711

Meetings in Spokane, Olympia will consider fish pesticide

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold public meetings May 3 in Spokane and May 4 in Olympia to review a proposal to use antimycin-A as a fish pesticide to manage undesirable fish populations.

The Spokane meeting will take place at 7 p.m., May 3, at the WDFW Spokane regional office, 8702 N. Division St. The Olympia meeting will be held at 7 p.m., May 4, at the Natural Resources Building (NRB), 1111 Washington St., S.E.

Antimycin-A is a piscicide (fish pesticide) approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and registered in Washington for use in eliminating or reducing populations of undesirable fish species in selected state lakes and streams. WDFW is assessing its possible use as an alternative to rotenone, which is currently used in selected applications for rehabilitating fishing waters.

WDFW is reviewing the potential effects of antimycin-A on the environment and human health. A State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) proposal on use of Antimycin-A can be viewed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hab/sepa/05034dsadopt.pdf on the WDFW website. An environmental impact statement on WDFW's rotenone use can be seen at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hab/sepa/05034a.pdf.

"Antimycin might be used in selected lakes and streams where we've identified the need to remove exotic or undesirable fish species for recovery of native fish populations or other native aquatic communities," explained WDFW Resident Native Fish Manager Jon Anderson.

The documents are also available by contacting Anderson at (360) 902-2711.

Written comment on the proposal must be submitted by May 20 to WDFW SEPA coordinator Teresa Eturaspe, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501.