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Scientists say PFAS chemicals could be responsible for drop in Phillip Island seal numbers – ABC News

Seal numbers are in decline near Victoria’s Phillip Island and University of Sydney researchers say the presence of firefighting chemicals could be responsible.

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Researchers say elevated levels of firefighting chemicals in seals off Victoria’s Phillip Island could be playing a role in declining numbers.
Key points:

  • University of Sydney researchers have found PFAS in Australia’s largest fur seal colony on Victoria’s Phillip Island
  • PFAS is a class of chemicals found in firefighting foam that accumulate in the body
  • Countries such as New Zealand have banned PFAS because of health concerns

A research project between the University of Sydney, the National Measurement…

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