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Seafood soars after disaster

Luke Hargreaves says an unfortunate flow-on effect of the Gladstone harbour disaster is hitting customers.
Luke Hargreaves says an unfortunate flow-on effect of the Gladstone harbour disaster is hitting customers.

THE flow-on effect of the Gladstone harbour dredging disaster has reached Central Queensland, sending seafood prices soaring as local retailers struggle to source new suppliers.

Fisho CQ owner Luke Hargreaves, who has built relationships with a number of suppliers in the Gladstone region to sell in Emerald, Blackwater, Tieri and Middlemount, said it was unfortunate but retailers had no choice but to increase prices.

"Look, I wouldn't let anyone I know eat anything caught in the Gladstone harbour," Mr Hargreaves said.

"They may say it is fine, but for a pregnant woman or a young kid, would you really want to take the risk?"

Unfortunately prices must increase, he said, and the impact has caused sales to decrease by 60% in the CQ region.

The State Government has announced a number of measures in place to repair the habour to its pre-dredging condition, and the Queensland Seafood Industry Association last week declared all seafood that passed scrutiny and made it to market would be fine for consumption.

But Mr Hargreaves isn't convinced.

"People have this perception that all seafood is a problem, but that's not the case," he said.

"There are retailers, such as me, who are sourcing from other areas like Mackay and even Cairns."


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