Local residents and white spot response

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).

A Prevention and Control Program (PDF, 1.6MB) and a Surveillance Program (PDF, 1001.5KB) are in place to help manage the disease.

White spot disease community information sessions

The white spot disease outbreak in southern Queensland is the largest emergency aquatic animal disease response ever in Queensland. To ensure all impacted residents, recreational and commercial fishers and waterway users have access to the latest information related to the outbreak, emergency response staff will be available to answer questions at the following locations:

18 March 2017 - 8:00-10:00am
Cabbage Tree Point Rd boat ramp, 354 (end of) Cabbage Tree Point Rd, Steiglitz

25 March 2017 - 8:00-10:00am
Larry Storey Park boat ramp. 4 Albert St, Waterford

1 April 2017 - 8:00-10:00am
Victoria Point boat ramp, Masters Ave, Victoria Point

8 April 2017Cancelled due to flooding
Logan River Parklands boat ramp, (highway ramp). 1A Curlew Cres, Eagleby

22 April 2017 - 8:00-10:00am
Weinam Creek boat ramp Banana St / Meissner St, Redland Bay

Gas guns in use to stop birds

We understand the concern of local residents in regards to the use of gas guns to keep birds away from infected premises and those premises that are at-risk. Birds pose a high risk for disease spread as they can carry infected prawns into uninfected aquaculture ponds and natural waterways.

Bird mitigation measures will continue through the disposal and decontamination period which is likely to take several weeks. However, the intensity of this work will diminish over time.

These activities are critical in helping us to contain and control this disease, and are the most practical solutions that are available.

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Last updated 03 April 2017

Fishers must not remove any prawns, crabs, marine yabbies or marine worms from the area. Fishing is allowed and species other than prawns, crabs, marine yabbies and marine worms may be removed from the area. It is recommended that all fishing equipment is cleaned thoroughly before leaving the area. 

Bait prawns (including freshly caught) sourced from outside the movement control area can be used, however, once brought into the movement control area, bait prawns cannot be removed. Fishers should not use prawns meant for human consumption as bait.