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Posted Tue Jan 13 2009: from Brisbane Courier-Mail:
Two-headed fish larvae blamed on farm chemicals in Noosa River
CHEMICAL contamination from farm runoff has been blamed after millions of fish larvae in the Noosa River were found to have grown two heads. The disfigured larvae are thought to have been affected by one of two popular farm chemicals, either the insecticide endosulphan or the fungicide carbendazim. Former NSW fisheries scientist and aquaculture veterinarian Matt Landos yesterday called on the Federal Government to ban the chemicals and urgently find replacements. Dr Landos said about 90 per cent of larvae spawned at the Sunland Fish Hatchery from bass taken from the river were deformed and all died within 48 hours.
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'Doc Michael says:
I guess this is a case where two heads AREN'T better than one!
Endosulfan looks pretty toxic to most critters. It's been banned in a lot of places, but -- oddly, given the last eight years of regulatory oversight in general -- maybe not in the US.

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