Flounders in Boston Harbor are now free of liver cancer following a massive environmental cleanup. Image: Chris Pickerell, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Environmental cleaning pays off: no more flounders with liver cancer in Boston Harbor - life short science news

Long-term environmental cleanup efforts of Boston Harbor, once one of the most polluted harbors in America, has led to the disappearance of liver cancer in flounders.

Back in 1985, 75% of the flounders caught here suffered from this disease, but measures to reduce sewage sludge, nutrients and toxins in the harbor, including the construction of an outflow discharge tunnel completed in 2000, dramatically increased flounder health.

The last flounder with cancer was caught in 2004, indicating that the staggering cleaning efforts have resulted in cleaner water bearing less risk for human health.

Read the full story: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Scientific publication: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms


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