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).
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 2017 - Cancelled 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.