Monthly Archives: October 2013

Questions as mass of dead fish washes up on Curtis Island

Original source here: http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/mysterious-fish-kill-puzzles-residents/2067439/

NB: Gladstone Conservation Council will only attest to hundreds of fish, not thousands as reported.

We supplied the photos for this article.

Questions as mass of dead fish washes up on Curtis Island

  • Mara Pattison-Sowden
  • 30th Oct 2013 5:00 AM

 


WASHED UP: Thousands of dead fish have been appearing at South End on Curtis Island.

WASHED UP: Thousands of dead fish have been appearing at South End on Curtis Island.

AN UNUSUALLY large number of dead fish was found on the shores of Curtis Island over the weekend, concerning residents who believe the fish kill was in the thousands.

While the deaths coincide with the annual natural algae spread, locals say the event doesn’t usually affect so many fish, or such large specimens.

The Environment Department is monitoring the situation, and have warned people that touching the slimy-looking algae could cause skin irritations.

Curtis Island fish kill, Ocean Beach, South End. Photo Contributed

Curtis Island fish kill, Ocean Beach, South End. Photo Contributed Contributed

Curtis Island resident Cheryl Watson, who saw the fish kill on Saturday, said it was an annual event to see a few small dead fish around, but this was something else.

“We’re not saying it’s anything but the algae but it’s an unusual circumstance to have such a variety and large fish,” she said.

“The photos really don’t show up the extent of it, they were in patches and tangled up in seaweed.”

A spokesperson for the Environment Department said the cause of the fish remains unclear but it could be related to algae.

“Trichodesmium blooms occur naturally in tropical and sub-tropical water in late spring/summer typically disappearing within a few days,” he said.

“There was a similar incident at Facing Island in 2011.”

Fish deaths can be reported to EHP through the Pollution Hotline on 1300 130 372.

Newman Government: the new National Parks cash converters

Original source here:

http://www.cassowarycoastalliance.com/6/post/2013/10/newman-government-the-new-national-parks-cash-converters.html

“Neither scientific nor conservation sector  experts will be consulted; nor will there be any public consultation over the fate of these lands which were originally gazetted to be protected, for  the public good, in perpetuity. “

LARGE FISH KILL CURTIS ISLAND 26 October 2013

A report has come in about a large fish kill on 26 October 2013 associated with an algal bloom off Ocean Beach, South End on Curtis Island. There are hundreds of fish in the kill. Some varieties reported are flathead, parrot, stonefish, toadfish, spikey toadfish, happy moments, bream, whiting, stingray, eels, cod, mowong stripies, these ranged in sizes from 60mm to 350mm. Small and larger black fish were also found. There were also 5 black birds dead among this as well, although they have not been identified. The algae has been there for a few days.

We do not know the cause of the kill, and we are aware that locals say that while there are small fish kills associated with algae every year, this is the largest kill any of the locals have ever seen. Algae growth responds to nutrients in the water and fish kills could be related to lack of oxygen in the water due to the algae, or to toxins from the algae or both or a cause as yet unknown.

The intensity of this kill and the fact that it is has killed large fish of multiple species and possibly fish eating birds is extremely concerning.

We will provide more information as it comes to hand.

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Dear Mr Prime Minister

It’s really a shame that in 2013, well into the 21st century, I should have to write this. I feel like I no longer know what Australia is. The Lucky Country doesn’t seem to have changed very much since I was in my early teens, but the political dynamic suddenly seems to be veering towards fascism. The first step of course is to cut off communication and to make the workings of government opaque. Continue reading

‘I feel vindicated… this has been pretty hellish on me’

http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/water-quality-report-vindicates-fishers/2056829/

‘I feel vindicated… this has been pretty hellish on me’

  • 19th Oct 2013 7:48 AM

Simon Whittingham feels vindicated by the latest report on Gladstone harbour.

Simon Whittingham feels vindicated by the latest report on Gladstone harbour. Brenda Strong

GLADSTONE fish market owner Simon Whittingham feels vindicated by the release of a new water quality report that surfaced last week.

He said those in the fishing industry had been constantly told nothing was wrong. Continue reading

Newly-released report blames dredging for harbour woes

http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/fishers-probe-report-validity/2056831/

Newly-released report blames dredging for harbour woes

Dredging on Gladstone harbour.

Dredging on Gladstone harbour. David Sparkes

QUEENSLAND’S seafood industry says serious questions have been left unanswered by a water quality report, released last week, which blamed highly turbid water on dredging activities in Gladstone harbour. Continue reading

Chalk one up for truth

CHALK ONE UP FOR TRUTH
 
Stu Watson
 
This afternoon at the monthly meeting of GREAN, the Gladstone City Council’s environmental consultative committee, GCC’s president Jan presented his independently collated data regarding pollution events in the Harbour during the recent dredging process.
 
His presentation clearly disproved the much touted conclusion of both government and industry of a direct connection with flood events. Continue reading

Industry’s coal seam gas campaign is a con – Ross Gittins

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor

Original article here: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/industrys-coal-seam-gas-campaign-is-a-con-20131008-2v63m.html#ixzz2hHECGFtT

The gas industry is working a scam on the people of NSW, in collusion with  other business lobby groups and federal and state politicians. It’s trying to  frighten us into agreeing to remove restrictions on the exploitation of coal  seam gas deposits. Failing that, the various parties want to be able to lay the  blame for an inevitable jump in the price of natural gas on the greenies and  farmers. Continue reading