Queensland commercial fishermen Norm Butler, left and Jeff Whitehouse are looking to clear the misconceptions surrounding commercial fishing in Gladstone.
Queensland commercial fishermen Norm Butler, left and Jeff Whitehouse are looking to clear the misconceptions surrounding commercial fishing in Gladstone. Christopher Chan

Concerns remain over sick barramundi in Gladstone

A COMMERCIAL fisherman has claimed red spot disease is still affecting barramundi in Gladstone's waterways.

Jeff Whitehouse, who has worked in the industry for 25 years, said six of the eight barramundi he caught at South Trees Inlet recently, had red lesions on their fins.

"(Red spot) is absolutely still happening," Mr Whitehouse said.

"We have a responsibility to the public not to sell this fish ... people can get sick."

Initial investigations in 2011-12 by Fisheries Queensland found the fish never had red spot disease, but the red lesions were a type of skin infection.

Mr Whitehouse said after catching the affected fish, he returned them to the water and vowed never to fish in South Trees Inlet again.



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