Oct 19, 2011

Call to stop Gladstone dredging until fish, human health impact resolved

With all this spin, deceit and bluster by the Queensland government, it is easy to forget that all of these fish and public health issues are in and around the Geat Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage area, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

Queensland Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace closed 500 square kilometres to fishing in and around Gladstone Harbour in response to fish disease and illness in commercial fishermen on September 16. The day after the harbour was closed the acting chief health officer Dr Michael Cleary was quoted as saying "... seafood that showed signs of damage, deterioration or disease should not be handled or eaten. Anyone who has concerns about their health, which might be attributed to the handling or consumption of seafood from the local area should seek medical advice." On October 6, the Minister for Fisheries announced the re-opening the harbour to fishing on the next day. On the same day a report from Biosecurity Queensland, Gladstone Fish Health Interim Veterinary Diagnostic Assessment Report Number 2, was released. But this report was not provided to the fishing industry until yesterday. On that day minister went on to say: "Of 160 fish caught by Fisheries Queensland over the past seven days none displayed ulcerated lesions."

An infected fish

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5 thoughts on “Call to stop Gladstone dredging until fish, human health impact resolved

  1. HB

    There are a lot of Vibrios within the genus- are you sure that V.vulnificus is implicated here?

  2. Edward James

    Why is it Ministers not just in Queensland do not seem to be willing to stop dredging’ fishing whatever untill they are assured, and will show the public doucuments to the effect everything has been tested checked and proven safe? Edward James

  3. nicolino

    Since when has the present Queensland government allowed a little thing like this to interrupt the dollars flowing in to the state treasury.Notice the alacrity with which they allowed dredging to continue. Can’t keep the miners waiting can we.
    As for Burke he’d sign anything without too much thought for the environment.

  4. zut alors

    Gee, let’s hope there will be sufficient royalties from the LNG plant to build hospitals to treat the inevitable disease outbreaks in the populace. Give politicians a sniff of the money and they go weak at the knees (and, apparently, in the head).

    Queensland – The Smart State!

  5. Frank Campbell

    The climate cult has monopolised Crikey for so long…a relief to see real environmental degradation get a mention.

    When progressives transition to clean, green, job-rich, renewable Opposition most will drown in their own verbal sludge… so start looking for more Elmores…

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