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A three-headed fish embryo has been reported on the Sunshine Coast, where experts have been studying abnormalities.
The first incident involved two-headed bass embryos - this week the hatchery has reported a three-headed mullet embryo, and several with twin heads.
Queensland Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin says half the embryos also had abnormal cell changes.
Two-headed fish may be natural 12:00a.m. 14th January 2009Mature bass caught in the Noosa River last August, induced to spawn for a re-stocking program, produced hundreds of thousands of larvae, 90% of which had two heads and died.
“Presumably if there were toxins in the river, toxins would be identified by testing but I have been advised none have been identified but they are doing even more detailed testing now.’’
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has asked the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts to provide advice following claims the fish may have been affected by chemical drift from a neighbouring macadamia farm.
Spokesman Dr Simon Cubit said there were more than 200 chemicals registered for use on macadamias including carbendazim and endosulfan.Both those chemicals are banned in the United States.
“Hopefully investigations will determine if chemicals were involved and, if they were, what those chemicals were,” Dr Cubit said.
Still no answer on fish probe.
A STATE Government's “two-headed fish” investigation has so far found no definitive cause for six separate fish head incidents in the Noosa River, Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin said yesterday.
The fish died within 48-hrs, leading Ms Gilson to point the finger again at chemical run-off from surrounding farming in the area.
An aquatic health expert, Dr Matt Landos, says scientists are horrified by the finding.
"It's quite extraordinary.
"In fact, it was several groups of brewed fish, all of which came from the Noosa River (that) had batches of larvae severely deformed with the primary deformity being two heads," says Dr Landos.
He says the deformities, unique to the fish hatchery, are likely to be caused by chemicals used by nearby Macadamia Plantations.