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Fish health improving: govt

The conditions in Gladstone's disease-plagued Harbour are improving.
The conditions in Gladstone's disease-plagued Harbour are improving. Chrissy Harris

IN AN address to Queensland Parliament on Wednesday it was announced that the conditions in Gladstone's disease-plagued Harbour were improving.

Fisheries minister Craig Wallace said after further sampling of barramundi in the Boyne River on Thursday and Friday last week, it was found that the number of diseased fish "have reduced significantly, which is a very good sign."

Gladstone Fish Market proprietor Simon Whittingham said decreasing amounts of diseased fish was not good enough.

"It doesn't matter at what level it is, there is still diseased fish and people shouldn't be eating it or playing with it," he said.

He said the Gladstone Fish Market would still not be accepting any fish.

"This harbour should be shut until such time as we know what the disease is and what's causing the thing.

"Even though the harbour is open, commercial fisherman will be breaking the law if they fish there because there is a known disease."

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