Environment

Sep 29, 2011

First, turtles die, now fish … and anglers handling fish get ill

The sick and dead animals coincided with dredging by Gladstone Port Corporation working on the massive LNG plant and pipeline being built in the harbour, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

Gladstone in Queensland is the principle access point to the Capricornia group of islands on the Great Barrier Reef and the site of dredging for a massive liquid natural gas plant development. It is also the hot spot for the recent deaths of turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and now disease in fish, which is now even affecting fishermen:

A dozen fishermen have reported being ill from handling the fish, along with the pregnant wife of a deckhand and their two young children exposed when they met their dad when his boat was pulled ashore. At least two of the fishermen have spent time in hospital, including Tannum Sands operator Trevor Falzon, who spent five days on a drip. Mr Falzon said fishermen had no option but to act, fearing children would be exposed to the toxins during the school holidays. “I couldn’t walk,” Mr Falzon said. “I spent five nights in the Mater Hospital in Gladstone. It cost $5800. My foot was flaming red.

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5 thoughts on “First, turtles die, now fish … and anglers handling fish get ill

  1. Stevo the Working Twistie

    Yeah, but as long as someone’s making a profit, right?

  2. Edward James

    This important story exposing the deaths of turtles, fish and dugongs and now the poisoning of fishermen and in some instances their family members, at Gladstone in Queensland and around the Capricornia islands on the Great Barrier Reef. Is yet another wake up warning. Why is our Federal government permitting licensed polluters to destroy and pollute our natural environment right around the nation? I make a connection to the “accidents ” at two Orica sites in NSW, where well over a hundred breaches of licenses has not resulted any serious penalty. Any number of mines with holding dams that over flow due to “environmental influences” rain beyond the control of the mine operators. The licenses our governments continue to issue and renew on our behalf serve no good purpose, apart from providing a tool for selfish corporate citizens to work around the intention of our protection of the environment laws. Not a lot has changed since the days when ICI used to send barges out from Botany to dump forty four gallon drums of toxic waste into the ocean twenty miles off Sydney. Most informed people are well aware the ground water beneath Botany is polluted those responsible have put enormous pumps in place but it is said they are loosing the battle to stop and remove the contaminated ground water. What a dam disgrace reports have been withheld and test of dead sea creatures have not been done at Gladstone. Give it time and government will hold yet another inquiry. I expect my representatives to have taken legislative action years ago. Edward James

  3. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Fish , turtles , dolphins and dugongs don’t vote .

  4. by the sea

    I have been trying to buy a mine. I wanted to be the first pinko intellectual to buy a mine so I could have some footing in the mining debate. Seems that if you mine then you rule. Want a rail up grade build a mine, want housing solution build a mine, want to drive all over farming land willy nilly and sink a well for gas buy a mine. Want to use as much water as you want for free buy a mine. Who wants to be a millionaire buy a mine.

    Buy a mine. It’s the only answer for right thinging fellas.

    So far I haven’t got a mine. However, If you don’t want to pay for pollution, buy a mine, if you want to see bid bl**dy boats full of Australian stuff go off shore buys mine, if the company looks Australian but is owned 80+% by foreign investors who won’t have to pay tax in Australia buy a mine. Bring back good old Donny argus and get him on the Aussie team. He loved selling big chunks of westralia to Chinese. Get him on the help-out-a-mate and get the bastards to clean up after the party and to pay for the garbage and save a bit of what we have for our kids. dinkum don will do it.

    QANTAS looks like it bought a mine it is heading down the shaft and only Chinese people can fit in the seats, ( as a foot note can somebody ask QANTAS to make the in flight magazine in note book size so you can read it with the space left between the seats)

    Buy a mine people it is the new hope and way to freedom to do what ever you want any old time.. And stick the government in rehab so it can get off the coal crack it is on.

    Jobs for Australians, coal for Chinese, nothing for our kids. Good onya mate

    Buy a mine today

  5. SBH

    Um, what’s a ‘cubic tonne’ and why isn’t a standard unit of measure used?

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