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Gladstone fish still very sick

The latest Fisheries Queensland report published on the government website indicates that the vast majority of fish are still not healthy.

‘The Minister sought to put a positive spin on the data in his speech to parliament on Wednesday but in fact the Fisheries Queensland report of 24 October [1] is consistent with the views of local fishermen,’ Queensland Greens spokesperson Libby Connors said today.

‘The vast majority of fish still suffer from skin discolouration and the Gladstone Fish Market rightly will not accept any local catch.’

‘It was wrong of the minister to re-open the harbour prematurely and the burden has now fallen unfairly on the shoulders of local fishers and the local fish market to protect public health,’ Libby Connors pointed out today.

‘The government is pursuing a narrative of “All steam ahead with coal and gas development” but the reality is that farmers and fishers are bearing the side effects of ill-thought-out development.

‘Queenslanders want to see a less rash approach.

‘It is disappointing to see Minister Craig Wallace minimising the catastrophe taking place in Gladstone waters and its flow-on effect in town.’

Contact: Libby Connors 0429 487 110

Media release, Queensland Greens
28 October 2011

1. http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/documents/Fisheries_CommercialFisheries/fish-sampling-data-update-24Oct11.pdf

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