How can a hazardous waste release affect your community?
Fish and shellfish can ingest or inhale contaminants, or absorb them through their skin. This can cause a wide variety of negative impacts including:
- Poor fish health: Fish can develop diseases and tumors due to chemical contamination of their environment.
- Impacts to fish and shellfish: When a fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, and wallaye come into contact with contaminants, they cane lose their ability to reproduce or survive.
- Habitat loss: Wetland, river, beach, coral, and underwater habitats can be contaminated, disturbed, or destroyed.
- Impacts to local economies and recreation: Elevated levels of contaminants may prompt advisories that limit human consumption of fish and shellfish. These restrictions can impact the local economies that depend on these fisheries.