Gladstone Fish Market managing director Ted Whittingham fears his business may be decimated.
Gladstone Fish Market managing director Ted Whittingham fears his business may be decimated. Lucinda Ross

Clean up our harbour now

FOR seven months Gladstone fish retailer Ted Whittingham has been telling the State Government to act on the "concerns the industry has".

The Gladstone Fish Market managing director said he was glad to finally get "a reaction", but it could close his business.

"We've been telling them for seven months, we know our product and we know when it's not right," he said.

"We've been telling the government that there's something happening in the harbour.

"We want the safety of our customers - but we could be totally decimated by this."

Despite his concern, Mr Whittingham said he could assure his customers none of the fish at his retail and wholesale outlet were from Gladstone waters.

"We have no fish caught in the harbour," he said.

"All our stock is good, clean fish from Bundaberg, Mackay and the outer reef. And the prawns are from the Gulf of Carpentaria."

Commercial fisherman Darren Brown's future is grim. He has been forced to tie his prawn trawler up.

"I've had to shut down that side of the business," Mr Brown said.

"It would increase costs too much to take it out further. We're definitely concerned. The future is uncertain."