Farmer blames prawn farm ponds for crop woes
21 April 2008
A Wide Bay farmer says leaking salt water ponds from a commercial prawn farm have tainted his water supply and damaged his crops.
The Environmental Protection Agency says an investigation found evidence of salt water leakage and localised impacts.
A spokesman says the aquaculture company has been ordered to operate in a reduced capacity until it meets certain obligations.
But Elliott Heads’ mango and citrus farmer Patrick O’Brien says the leaking has occurred over a 12 year period and he wants the prawn farm closed before more damage is done.
“I couldn’t understand what was happening until I discovered that my bore was poisoned. Along our common boundary all my pasture withered away for a matter of about 15 to 20 metres adjacent to our common boundary, which is about 300 metres long,” he said.