Simon Whittingham at Gladstone Fish Market, Pitt St, Gladstone.
Simon Whittingham at Gladstone Fish Market, Pitt St, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Fisherman warns of dangers

BARRA season starts today, but Gladstone Fish Market's Simon Whittingham won't touch any caught in the Gladstone region.

"The fish are getting sick and it's all in relation to the port development," he said.

Mr Whittingham stood firmly behind the report commissioned by the Gladstone Fishing Research Fund.

He said researchers Dr Matt Landos and Dr Ben Diggles were "leaders in their field".

Mr Whittingham is one of the fishos represented by Shine Lawyers. They lodged legal proceedings against the State Government on Monday morning.

The argument: that Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) must provide financial compensation to the region's fishing industry.

"$20 million doesn't even touch the sides - it's dead set an insult," Mr Whittingham said.

"The impacts of the aggressive development of Gladstone port is still being realised. One would think that figure would grow daily," he added.

Mr Whittingham's livelihood has been hit hard. His export market has been decimated completely.

That equates to a loss of $9 to $11 million.