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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Australia : Fears fish disease has spread to stingrays

Article via 9 News, this would be a follow up on the report which I've post earlier on 22nd Sept :

" Stingrays in central Queensland could be showing signs of the same illness that is killing fish in the Gladstone harbour.

The government banned fishing in the harbour after sick fish with cloudy eyes and sores were found.

Biosecurity Queensland say initial tests found red-spot disease and a parasite were the cause.

Capricorn Conservation Council co-ordinator Michael McCabe says two stingrays have been found about 90 kilometres north of Gladstone harbour at Emu Park and Yeppoon with similar red spots.

"There is a lot of anxiety in the community about what is causing this," Mr McCabe told AAP.

"We've got photos of a dead stingray with a red rash.

"Our concerns are it could be linked to what's happening to the fish at Gladstone."

Fisheries Queensland says it has not received samples of any stingrays with lesions and cannot confirm whether they are also diseased."

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