The Keeton team recently heard about a White Spot outbreak in Australia, so we decided to do a bit of research on the subject. We’ve put together several sources of the story.
What is White Spot Disease?
White spot disease is a highly contagious viral infection that affects crustaceans. There are currently five infected properties on the Logan River (owned by four prawn farms).
A low level of white spot syndrome virus DNA was found in the Logan River in six wild prawns, however, testing conducted to date indicates that white spot disease has not established in the wild prawn population.
Biosecurity Queensland is treating infected ponds with chlorine and is preparing for disposal and decontamination work. This will take some time to complete. Surveillance and sampling in prawn farms and the environment will continue.
Read Full Article: White Spot Disease from Outbreak.com
Australia bans raw shrimp imports after white spot outbreak
The importation of raw, or “green”, shrimp into Australia will be suspended following an outbreak of white spot disease in Queensland, deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has announced.
Joyce said he was worried those shrimp would be used as bait, reports ABC.
“It means they get into the waterways, it means it can infect prawn farms.”
One importer has already had its capacity to import revoked, according to Joyce.
“Now we are also investigating another – a number of other prawn importers, because there is the suspicion that they have not followed the proper protocols, they have been outside the protocols, which is the law of the land on how you import prawns into this country,” he said.
Cooked shrimp imports will not be banned. This is the first time the disease has been discovered in Australia.
Read Full Article: Australia bans raw shrimp imports after white spot outbreak
White spot disease: prawn farmers say import ban too late
A prawn importer suspected of deliberately evading biosecurity controls to bring infected produce into the country is expected to face criminal charges as authorities try to contain a white spot disease outbreak in Australia.
But prawn producers say the indefinite import ban has come too late: the government’s own agricultural quarantine agency, Biosecurity Australia, warned six years ago that the risk of the disease being introduced to Australia by the importation of green (raw) prawns was high.
Announcing the indefinite suspension of green prawn imports into Australia after the outbreak of the white spot disease in Queensland, the agriculture minister and deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, said criminal charges were being pursued against one importer, while four more were being investigated.
Read Full Article: White Spot Disease: Prawn Farmers Say Import Ban Too Late.
White Spot Outbreak a “Wake-Up Call” for Australian BioSecurity, as Prawn Farmers Blame Imports
Queensland prawn farmers say the outbreak of white spot disease is a ‘wake-up call’.
The three farmers said they were convinced their prawns got WSD from crustaceans in the adjoining Logan River, from imported prawns either used as fishing bait or discarded into the river.
“I just find it so disturbing that we in Australia, with a clean bill of health, have been importing an exotic disease like this and authorities have let it go by,” Alberton prawn farmer Ian Rossmann said.
“It is a big wake-up call to Australia.
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