Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More carcasses wash up on beaches, Australia - 4th Oct 2011

WHILE the Queensland Government yesterday said it had no plans to extend the Gladstone fishing ban, dead marine life continued to wash up on Capricorn Coast beaches.

Adding to local concerns, Yeppoon's Daniel Spyve told The Morning Bulletin he threw two fish he caught at Coorooman Creek on the weekend back in the water when he suspected they were unhealthy.

"We caught two in one crab pot and that was up closer to the mouth of Coorooman Creek," Daniel said.

"All were legal size and we were going to keep them, but then when we had a look at them and two of them had these really fluorescent green eyes and down underneath their eyes where the whites are, they were very milky."

Daniel said there were also parts of the fish that appeared very red and looked like decaying flesh.

"They didn't look like a local cod that we'd caught in the creek before," Daniel said.

Daniel's discovery comes as Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace refuted claims from LNP shadow minister Dr Mark Robinson that warnings from Gladstone and Yeppoon fishermen were initially swept under the carpet. Read More