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.