White spot disease update
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is implementing an expanded movement control zone that encompasses Moreton Bay due to new positive detections of the virus that causes white spot disease in northern Moreton Bay. The recent detections were found near the Redcliffe Peninsula and Deception Bay.
The new movement control order (PDF, 2.8MB) replaces the existing restrictions in place on the Logan River and extends from Caloundra to the NSW border following the eastern coasts of Bribie, Moreton and Stradbroke Islands. View the map of the movement control area (PDF, 3.1MB) and our frequently asked questions (PDF, 193.4KB) for further details.
These biosecurity measures are supported by recommendations by the expert advisory panel, who have handed down their independent report into future management options of the disease (PDF, 566.1KB).
Prawns infected with white spot disease do not pose a risk to food safety or human health.
Buying prawns directly from farmers in the restricted area
Only cooked prawns can be purchased from farmers or vendors which are under restrictions in the movement control area. They cannot sell raw/uncooked prawns from these farms.
The public cannot enter infected farms. This is a biosecurity risk that will threaten disease containment.
Buying prawns for bait
Supermarket prawns (i.e. prawns meant for human consumption) must not be used for bait as this may pose a biosecurity risk. Only bait prawns sourced from outside the biosecurity emergency area should be used as bait.