FISHERIES Minister Craig Wallace has announced the State Government is establishing a scientific panel to oversee the investigation into the conditions affecting fish in Gladstone harbour.
The expert panel, which will meet for the first time next week, will provide independent scientific and health advice to the State Government while the fishing closure is in place, he said.
"Preliminary testing identified two conditions in some barramundi, red-spot disease and a parasite, and experts are continuing their investigations into these conditions, including testing other species.
"While these investigations continue, the panel of experts will provide independent advice and support on issues such as water quality and human health concerns surrounding the affected fish.
"The group will also examine whether there is a need for additional testing of water quality or other ecological parameters," Mr Wallace said.
"This panel will report directly to me as minister and will be chaired by Australian Institute of Marine Science chief executive officer, Dr Ian Poiner.
"Dr Poiner is well-placed to lead the panel with broad experience as a scientist and in scientific research, as well as in his current position.
"The panel will also include independent experts in the areas of water health, seafood safety, fish pathology and ecotoxins, as well as a representative from Fisheries Queensland."
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