Reduce pesticide, herbicide or fertilizer use
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Chemicals are often used in agriculture, such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. They are designed to have long-lasting effects on living organisms, are often toxic to non-target species, and as such are a major source of pollution and toxicity in aquatic environments (Jepson et al. 2016). Agricultural run-off, including excess nutrients and toxic substances, can reach rivers and other watercourses and be discharged into the sea. Reducing the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in agriculture may reduce pollution levels and associated impacts on marine and freshwater mammals.
Jepson P.D., Deaville R., Barber J.L., Aguilar À., Borrell A., Murphy S., Barry J., Brownlow A., Barnett J., Berrow S., Cunningham A.A., Davison N.J., ten Doeschate M., Esteban R., Ferreira M., Foote A.D., Genov T., Giménez J., Loveridge J., Llavona Á., Martin V., Maxwell D.L., Papachlimitzou A., Penrose R., Perkins M.W., Smith B., de Stephanis R., Tregenza N., Verborgh P., Fernandez A. & Law R.J. (2016) PCB pollution continues to impact populations of orcas and other dolphins in European waters. Scientific Reports, 6, 18573.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation
Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation - Published 2021
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