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Airport foam spillage prompts fishing warning

Tuesday 18 April 2017

Airport foam spillage prompts fishing warning
The impacted area is near the airport, from the lower reaches of the Brisbane River - from Bulimba Creek to Fisherman Island - and north to Shorncliffe.

People should avoid recreational fishing near the Brisbane Airport following a foam spillage that is believed responsible for a small fish kill.

The foam was believed to have contained Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), one of the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The impacted area is near the airport, from the lower reaches of the Brisbane River - from Bulimba Creek to Fisherman Island - and north to Shorncliffe.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said people should avoid recreational fishing in the area.

"I recommend people avoid eating seafood that was caught in the potentially contaminated area until the results of Environment Department testing are known,” Dr Young said.

"While there is currently no consistent evidence that PFOA exposure causes adverse health harm in humans, I understand this was a significant spill.

"Avoiding seafood consumption from the impacted area in the short term is a sensible, cautious approach," Dr Young said.

The Brisbane Airport is a Commonwealth regulated site, and a joint investigation between the Queensland and a Commonwealth governments is underway.

Last updated: 23 August 2017