Gladstone fish contaminated

A CONTAMINATION scare has led to a temporary closure on all fishing in the Gladstone area.

The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation yesterday said its ban would continue while Biosecurity Queensland conducted tests on a condition affecting some locally-caught fish. 

The Department's director-general, Ian Fletcher, said fishermen had reported catching barramundi in the area with cloudy eyes and lesions.

Two fishermen are believed to be in Gladstone Hospital receiving treatment for serious infections.

An additional fisheries officer has been sent to Gladstone and the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol is conducting extra patrols.

Queensland Health Acting Chief Health Officer, Dr Michael Cleary, said seafood showing signs of damage, deterioration or disease should not be handled or eaten. 

"Anyone who has concerns about their health which might be attributed to the handling or consumption of seafood from the local area should seek medical advice," he said.

The ban spans from Deception Creek at the top end of The Narrows to Rodds Peninsula and to the outer edge of Facing Island.   

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