White spot update
As of 16 June 2017, a new white spot biosecurity regulation (PDF, 967KB) has come into effect that maintains movement restrictions for high-risk animals such as prawns, yabbies and marine worms out of the white spot restricted area that extends from Caloundra to the NSW border.
Under the regulation an exemption now exists for low-risk species such as crabs, lobster and bugs. They can now be moved out of the restricted area raw, however anyone wishing to move these species interstate must check the importation requirements of the destination state before doing so.
Find out important facts about white spot
Movement restriction information for recreational fishers and how to decontaminate your fishing gear
Movement restriction information for commercial fishers, decontamination of fishing apparatus and vessels and white spot surveillance
On-farm biosecurity and disease management information and how to report white spot
The restrictions imposed by the new white spot biosecurity regulation apply to the whole-of-Queensland, except for the areas of exclusion established through a Notice of Establishment of Biosecurity Areas (3.8MB, PDF).
A Prevention and Control Program and a Surveillance Program for white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) commenced on 21 January 2017.
The Prevention and Control Program (PDF, 1.6MB) focuses on containing the spread of WSSV and ultimately its eradication through targeted destruction and decontamination of WSSV carriers.
The Surveillance Program (PDF, 1001.5KB) will aid in confirming the presence or absence of WSSV by testing wild and farmed crustaceans across the state, including crustaceans and marine worms used for bait.
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).