Antimycin is a piscicide (fish pesticide) produced by molds of the genus Streptomyces. It is most often used to remove unwanted fish from catfish ponds, since catfish are largely resistant to it. The piscicide works by entering the fish’s blood stream through the gills and disrupts cellular respiration leading to death. Antimycin (fish pesticide) breaks down rapidly in a tumbling stream and has to be applied in precise amounts to be effective. Antimycin is not harmful to humans, plants, and other animals such as salamanders, crayfish, and otters found in and around the stream. Antimycin projects require extensive data collection, training, and precautionary measures to ensure its effectiveness and safety towards non-target species.
Last updated: April 14, 2015