Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fisherman Spots Disease on Fish

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fisherman Spots Disease on Fish

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Byline: KERRI-ANNE MESNER Kerri-Anne.Mesner@capnews.com.au

Red spot

Is caused by a fungus and shows as red lesions or deep ulcers

Severely ulcerated fish should:

Not be eaten

Not be returned to the river or waterway

Be disposed of away from waterways.

RED alert for fishermen a there are some fish in the Fitzroy River with red spot disease.

Recreational fisherman Michael Guerin issued the warning after he caught two fish with red spot in two different locations on Sunday.

The first one, a garfish, was caught at the boat ramp next to the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club and the other, a mullet, about 10 kilometres downstream at Nerimbera.

aAt the moment, I don't want to be an alarmist, but at the same time, people just need to be aware,a Mr Guerin said.

He said he was concerned about the health of fish in the area, particularly after the problems in Gladstone Harbour.

Fishing guru Scott Lynch said it would seem that in the months after a serious flood event, there were one or two in the Fitzroy with only one or two spots. …

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