Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification of Toxic Metals in the Finniss River Food Web

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    Attempts at remediation have been conducted since the 1980s with ongoing monitoring undertaken by a company commissioned by the Northern Territory Government (Department of Mines and Energy). These attempts did not assess the possible exposure of toxic metals to aquatic organisms and to humans living in the
    area who???s diet includes local bush tucker. As a result of the lack of information on the impact of the mine to Traditional Owners living in the area, the Kungarakan, Maranunggu, Wadjigan and Warai peoples. Maranunguu people approached researchers at Charles Darwin University expressing their concerns over the possible toxicity of bush tucker in the Finniss floodplains as a result of pollution from the mine (Isabel Ely, pers. comm.).
    This study is of high significance to Traditional Communities who seek to understand the possible environmental and health issues the Rum Jungle Mine might pose to them. It also will support rehabilitation efforts to control pollution in the area and on the improvement of the current legislative framework regulating the environmental impacts of legacy mines in Australia.
    Effective start/end date1/07/2211/11/24


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