Thursday, December 11, 2008
Baby Fish in Polluted San Francisco Estuary Waters Are Stunted and Deformed
This study by UC Davis researchers is not only more bad news about the future of fish in the Delta, but includes larger ramifications:
"This is one of the first studies examining the effects of real-world contaminant mixtures on growth and development in wildlife," said study lead author David Ostrach, a research scientist at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. He said the findings have implications far beyond fish, because the estuary is the water source for two-thirds of the people and most of the farms in California.
"If the fish living in this water are not healthy and are passing on contaminants to their young, what is happening to the people who use the water, are exposed to the same chemicals or eat the fish?" Ostrach said.