TALLAHASSEE – If at first you don’t succeed ...
At the Aug. 5, 2021 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, retired turtle farmer Jim Watt spoke to commissioners about the chemical herbicides used to spray aquatic vegetation for the sixth time.
“I am a wildlife conservationist,” he said. He asked the FWC to quit spraying the marshes with herbicides.
He said 39 different native plants are being targeted by the spraying. More than $19 million was spent on herbicide spraying in a 6 year period, he said.
He said FWC claims the goal is to protect native fish and wildlife and native plants but 30 to 40% of the plants being killed by the chemical spraying are native plants.
Watt said most of the herbicides used come from China.
He said the chemicals are killing the lakes.