Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mercury Tests for Gladstone Fish; Backflip by Biosecurity Queensland

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mercury Tests for Gladstone Fish; Backflip by Biosecurity Queensland

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GLADSTONE: Biosecurity Queensland will begin testing for mercury on fish caught during Gladstone Harbour's fish disease scare last year.

The decision comes after criticism last week that fish had not been tested for the heavy metal. Despite the turnaround, the department defended its previous stance.

The spokesperson said fish had not been tested for mercury because sediment and water had already been tested and no detectable levels of mercury were found.

aFor the first round of metal toxicology testing on fish, mercury and lead levels were not analysed because the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project EIA for Gladstone Harbour did not find dissolved lead and mercury at detectable levels over a six-month sampling period.

aIt was therefore considered unlikely that lead and mercury were causative agents for the clinical signs observed in the fish, crustaceans and molluscs examined as part of the fish health investigation.a

The spokesperson said the decision to begin testing fish for mercury was taken to ensure public confidence. …

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