Fish oil, a popular fish oil ingredient, has been approved in the state’s rivers and will be used in fish tanks to improve fish populations.
Key points:The WA Government is testing a fish oil blend of boron and magnesium salts for its rivers for the first timeFish oil is one of the main ingredients in many popular fish oils such as salmon, mackerel and sardinesThe WA Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is developing a fish tank test for fish oilBoron is an important component of the natural environment and a mineral used by plants to make their own protective skin and skeleton.
Fish oil has been used to help restore native fish populations, but scientists are now testing a blend of the mineral with magnesium to improve the health of wild fish.
The test will be in the WA’s rivers for a year to see how well it works in reducing fish populations and in the fish tank.
“Fish oil was one of our most requested fish oil ingredients in the first round of testing, so we’re delighted to be able to roll it out now,” said WA Minister for Fisheries and Environment Brad Tackitt.
“As we look ahead to the next phase of our fish recovery, we’re also keen to ensure the safety of the fish and fish habitat for our WA residents.”
We will use the results of this testing to decide which plants will be allowed to grow on the rivers.”‘
We can’t afford not to be on our toes’The WA government is conducting its first fish tank testing in the Murray-Darling Basin to assess the effectiveness of fish oil in managing wild fish populations.(ABC News: Paul White)Fish oil can be found in a range of products, from shampoo to cosmetics and has been found to improve many health conditions, including fish heart and lung function.
However, fish oil can also cause skin problems in fish and can cause skin reactions in some people, including those with cystic fibrosis.
Fish oils also contain chemicals that can lead to cancer and birth defects, particularly in children.
Some people who consume fish oil have reported skin irritation and skin irritation can lead them to have allergic reactions to fish oil, which is a risk factor for developing cystic or other skin problems.
Dr Tackett said the test would help determine whether the WA Government should be allowed the use of fish oils in its rivers.”
There’s been a lot of discussion in the State about fish oil and the use in the rivers,” he said.”
It’s just a question of whether we can afford not, and we’re looking at all of the options that we have.
“So we’ve been talking to the WA Department for Fisheries, Aquacultural and Fisheries in the river systems, the Department of Health, the Health Department, the Ministry of Primary Industries, the WA Agriculture Department and the WA Water and Environment Department and we are looking at those options.”
Dr Tickitt said the WA government was not planning to use fish oil to restore wild fish stocks.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity to see if we can reduce the risk of disease and parasites and so that is our objective,” he told 7.30.
The WA Fisheries Department has already been conducting tests for a fish-oil blend in the Fraser River and the Wimmera River, and it will continue to do tests in the region.
“The testing of this blend will be done in the River Wimmeras, in the Great Western River and we’ll be looking at it again at some point in the future,” he added.
“A lot of our rivers are in really poor condition, but we have a plan to start looking at other rivers.”
The WA State Government says the testing is in its early stages and it would not be possible to comment until the results were released.