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Fishy hospital find

Bundaberg council workers Kerry Coleman and Terry Lee were shocked when they turned up to work behind Bundaberg Hospital to find a pile of fish dumped near their work site.
Bundaberg council workers Kerry Coleman and Terry Lee were shocked when they turned up to work behind Bundaberg Hospital to find a pile of fish dumped near their work site. Scottie Simmonds

COUNCIL workers were disgusted when they stumbled across a huge pile of fish carcasses left to rot on the ground outside Bundaberg Hospital yesterday morning.

Council worker Terry Lee said the carcasses must have been dumped not long before the crew arrived to work on installing new sewer lines about 6.30am, with ice still melting in a bag dumped with the fish.

"There would have to be about 20 or 30 fish," Mr Lee said.

"There was coral trout, slatey bream, mangrove jack, mackerel, venus tusk fish or wrasse and crayfish."

Mr Lee said some of the fish appeared to be under the legal size limit.

"The only place you can get painted cray is just outside the mouth so I'd say they were in the green zone," he said.

"It looks like a few of the coral trout and mangrove jack were undersize.

"It was disappointing to find."

Mr Lee said the fish had not been caught with a line.

"They've all been speared with a spear gun, not caught with a line," he said.

"There was also some dumped about a fortnight ago near Queens Park."

Tackle World boating and electronics manager Bart Bartholdt said a disgusted customer had also seen the dumped fish and emailed photos to the business.

"Normally you would take them to the dump," Mr Bart holdt said.

"Being fish, it's no different to dumping your lounge chair or rubbish on the side of the road - it's wrong."

A Fisheries Queensland spokesman said they encouraged people to dispose of fish remains responsibly.

"The taking of regulated species, such as undersize fish, is illegal in Queensland," the spokesman said.

"The maximum penalty for taking a regulated species is $100,000."

If illegal fishing is witnessed or suspected, it should be reported to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

Topics:  bundaberg hospital, council workers, fish, fisheries queensland



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