Seafood in two creeks near Darwin airport is contaminated with toxic firefighting chemicals at levels similar to the notorious Williamtown red zone, research has found.
The Northern Territory government on Thursday released the results of two contamination studies at Rapid and Ludmilla creeks.
The creeks are popular fishing spots, including for the local Indigenous community, but are thought to have been contaminated by decades-long use of toxic firefighting foam, including at the nearby Darwin international airport and RAAF base.
One study, conducted by the University of Queensland, found all species of fish and crabs had higher mean per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (Pfas) levels than a comparison site.
The worst results found in mudcrabs in Rapid Creek were worse than those detected at the notorious Williamtown airbase, near Newcastle, a known contaminated site.
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