A NEW ingredient has been thrown into the mix of scientific research on Gladstone Harbour.
Dr Matt Landos, the aquatic veterinarian commissioned by Gladstone Fish Research Fund, has completed his second interim report into the health problems observed in marine life in the harbour during the past year.
The Gladstone Fish Research Fund is a collection of people from the commercial fishing industry, and other locals, who have sought to produce an "independent" scientific study of the harbour's recent troubles. The group believes health problems in several species have been caused by the dredging project in the harbour.
"We have a large amount of information now," Dr Landos said. "We have several pathology reports attached to this second interim report and they are documenting severe changes in a range of fish species."
New Environment Minsister Andrew Powell responded to Dr Landos's report with caution, not offering an opinion one way or another. The previous State Government was scathing in its criticism of Dr Landos' first interim report in March.
A spokesperson for the minister said, "The Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection has yet to consider the report by Dr Landos, and will do so after the department has had an opportunity to analyse the report findings. The Minister also notes that this is an interim report, and as such, may be subject to further change."
Gladstone Ports Corporation has declined to comment on the report.