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Hobart river mostly clean for swimming

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016

The majority of swimming beaches in Hobart's Derwent River have good water quality, says a new report.

Eleven of 18 swimming sites were given a clean bill of health by the Tasmanian government's Derwent Report Card, published on Tuesday, while six others are "fair" and the western end of Nutgrove Beach at the suburb of Sandy Bay was rated poor.

But it's not good news for local seafood fans.

"Oysters and mussels from the Derwent contain high levels of heavy metals, particularly zinc, lead and cadmium. While levels appear to have declined since 2003 in some areas, they are still far in excess of national food standards," the report said.

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