2018/19 – Hearnes Lake, Coffs Harbour (New South Wales) – Chlorpyrifos

Pesticide use at Hearnes Lake non-compliant

September 5 2019

An investigation into a fish kill at Hearnes Lake, north of Coffs Harbour, has found 25 instances of alleged non-compliance with pesticide use.

Investigations were carried out by the EPA, following the fish kill in March last year, but found no evidence to directly link the alleged non-compliances with the dead fish.

The EPA says they were unable to identify the cause or sources of the high levels of chlorpyrifos found in the fish samples – however the pesticide is used in horticulture and for residential termite treatments – both of which occur in the area.

Pesticide use at Hearnes Lake non-compliant