Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fish Answer Not Soon

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fish Answer Not Soon

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

THE Cootharaba two-headed fish controversy could be 12 months away from resolution, the chair of a government investigating committee has revealed.

The statement follows concerns from Gympie's multi million-dollar-a-year macadamia industry that it and one of its local farmers have been tried by media and presumed guilty without evidence, after claims by a neighbouring fish breeder that farm chemicals from the property were behind the discovery of a two-headed fish embryo.

Wolvi grower, Troy Ziesemer, who manages the property, says he is tired of having to defend himself against unproven claims.

He says the presence of healthy bee hives and frogs on the property tends to indicate a high level of chemical safety on the farm.

A member of the State Government's investigating taskforce, Dr Matt Landos, has called for a ban on some chemicals and says spray drift and run-off are "the most likely cause of deformities and mass mortalities at the fish hatchery. …

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