FISH in Gladstone waters are healthy and healing according to a new report.

Research conducted in June and July found fish health in Gladstone waters is improving.

The latest report from Fisheries Queensland uncovered evidence of fish healing from previous injuries.

Fisheries Queensland biologist Dr Stephen Wesche said it's great news for local fish populations, to see their ill health is being overcome.

"We caught barramundi in the Boyne, Calliope and Burnett rivers with recovering lesions - there was clearly new skin and scales growing over the lesions," Dr Wesche said.

"Of the 93 barramundi observed, none had Neobenedenia parasites, eye problems or ulcerative lesions,

"It is particularly encouraging to see this healing continue during winter, which can be a tougher season for fish such as barramundi. Dr Wesche said there were also no significant signs of ill health observed with other fish species, including grinner, Australian threadfin and Castelnau's herring.

"Both within Gladstone and at the reference sites in the Fitzroy River and Bundaberg, the fish were in good condition," he said. Samples collected in June and July will undergo further processing.

"The final sampling trip will be in September, which will then give us a full 12 months of data to assess seasonal influences on fish health."  

To read the full survey report click here.


Something 'fishy' about latest findings

THERE'S something "fishy'' going on.

Co-owner of Gladstone Fish Market Simon Whittingham thinks the new report stating Gladstone fish are "healing'' is "nothing new''.

"There seems to be less information in this new report than there has been in previous," he said.

"Unfortunately the report means absolutely nothing to me."

Though he admits there has to be some "valid info and data collected'' in the survey from Fisheries Queensland; he still isn't confident to sell seafood from Gladstone to his customers.

"Queensland Fisheries can say all they want. I answer to Safe Food Production Queensland.

"I would be confident if they came out and supported the findings and were prepared to declare the product caught fit for human consumption."

Mr Whittingham, who hasn't eaten anything out of the harbour since February last year, said human health is paramount.

"Our decision not to accept product caught in the Gladstone Harbour is being strongly supported by our customers," he said.

"Till such time as Safe Food Production Queensland produces a similar report, then our decision we've made here at the Gladstone Fish Market won't change."


Simon's father Ted Whittingham is currently out of town but had this to say:

There are still issues in Gladstone waters according to Ted Whittingham.

Co-owner of Gladstone Fish Market doesn't buy the new report released by Queensland Fisheries.

"We've had reports of diseased brim and dew fish, one fisherman has even left due to too many diseased fish and has gone to Hervey Bay," he said.

"They never come across these sorts of fish which is strange because these sorts of fish are very common."


No Comment

The Observer contacted Shine Lawyers in regard to the Whittingham's court case against Gladstone Ports Corporation.

Shine Lawyers partner Rebecca Jancauskas was unable to comment as the matter was still before the courts.

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