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Negative Contamination on Two Headed Fish Tests

by 5m Editor
29 January 2009, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - The government of Queensland has tested waters on the Sunshine Coast where two-headed fish larvae were spawned last year, but failed to find any evidence to support contamination claims, it has been revealed.

According to StockJournal, fish larvae taken from breeding stock in the Noosa River by Sunland Fish Hatchey owner Gwen Gilson in August were spawned with two heads.

The pesticide endosulfan and the fungicide carbendazim, which are suspected of contaminating the hatchery's breeding ponds and causing chronic abnormalities in the larvae have also been linked to a possible cancer cluster in the region, says the news organisation.

Two residents of properties neighbouring the macadamia plantation have died from cancer in the past two years, another two are in remission and a fifth is being treated for suspected bowel cancer.

A spokesman for the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) confirmed water in Lake Cooroibah, where the hatchery's brood stock was taken, was tested in October but no traces of chemical residues were found.

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