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Bundaberg seafood sampling results

Earlier this year, Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) identified elevated levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, at the Port of Bundaberg in ground water.

Validation sampling confirmed two of the sites on port land had elevated levels of PFAS when compared to national guidelines, prompting GPC to initiate a broader scope of sampling.

This involved initiating a pilot seafood sampling program at the Burnett River, surrounding the Port of Bundaberg.

Sampling was undertaken in accordance with the Queensland Health: Guideline for sampling and analysis of seafood suitable for human health risk assessments of PFAS contamination.

Fish and crustaceans caught upstream and adjacent to the port in the Burnett River did not return elevated levels of PFAS.

Water quality undertaken during the same period also returned no exceedances.

GPC and the Queensland Government are working together to determine if there is any further action to be taken.

There are no restrictions to recreational activities such as swimming, boating or fishing, around the Port of Bundaberg area.

Visit the Queensland Government website for further information on PFAS in Queensland.

For further information regarding GPC's investigation visit the PFAS monitoring webpage.