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White spot disease

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.

Visit our frequently asked questions page or download the white spot information guide (PDF, 2.3MB) for further details on white spot and movement restrictions.

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White spot overview

Find out important facts about white spot

Recreational fishers and white spot

Movement restriction information for recreational fishers and how to decontaminate your fishing gear

Commercial fishers and white spot

Movement restriction information for commercial fishers, decontamination of fishing apparatus and vessels and white spot surveillance

Aquaculture and white spot

On-farm biosecurity and disease management information and how to report white spot

Biosecurity areas

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).

Biosecurity programs

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).

More white spot information

Report suspected cases of white spot to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or via our online reporting page.
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Last updated 20 September 2017

Help protect our natural waterways

If you're using prawns as bait, make sure they are Australian wild-caught. 

Find out more about the right type of bait to use when you go fishing.