Recovery of fish communities in the Finniss River, Northern Australia, following remediation of the rum jungle uranium/copper mine site

Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Environmental Science & Technology, 2001, 35 pp. 2932 - 2941
Issue Date:
2001-01
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In this study we compare fish diversity and abundances in the impacted region of the FR, with sites unexposed to elevated water concentrations of contaminants, both before and after remediation. Our results show both the preremedial impact of unabated contaminants from RJ on fishes and their postremedial recovery. Their recovery is explained as primarily due to measured reductions in annual contaminant loads and, more particularly, the reduced occurrence of their elevated water concentrations in the FR, that diminishes the likelihood of fish kills at the beginning of the wet season.
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