Queensland government lifts ban on fishing around Brisbane Airport citing improved water quality

    Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection removed (02-Jun-2017) the ban for fishing near grounds of Brisbane Airport following recent tests indicating water quality remained within recreational use guidelines. As previously reported by CAPA, the spill of firefighting foam which occurred at Brisbane Airport on 10-Apr-2017 raised the ban on consumption of seafood from that region due to high perfluorinated chemicals. The government latest advice is for consumers to limit their consumption of seafood from the investigation area to two or three serves per week. Environment Minister Steven Miles added: “Following the government’s extensive monitoring programme over the last month, Qantas is also being required to conduct its own sampling programme” and “will continue to carry out testing for as long as is necessary, as a safeguard against any future bioaccumulation in the food chain over time”.