1994 Feb: Port Phillip Bay Flathead contaminated with pesticides

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Feb 1994: Petroleum hydrocarbons, the chlorinated pesticides dieldrin, DDT, DDE and DDD, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) present as aroclors 1254 and 1260, were widespread contaminants in the axial muscle tissue and liver of sand flathead (Platycephalus bassensis Cuvier & Valenciennes) from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. The pesticides lindane and heptachlor were found patchily throughout the Bay. Fillet and liver samples contained very low or undetectable levels of selected polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and benzo(a)pyrene (B(a)P) metabolites. There appeared to be a trend where sand flathead from the deeper sites had slightly higher levels of contamination.