White spot disease

White spot disease update

Movement restrictions are in place for high-risk animals such as prawns, yabbies and marine worms. This means they cannot be moved out of the white spot disease restricted area that extends from Caloundra to the New South Wales border and west to Ipswich, unless cooked first.

If you are using prawns as bait make sure they are Australian wild-caught from a quality bait supplier or catch your own. Using imported raw prawns as bait may introduce serious diseases into our waterways.

Check out these great tips on how to catch your own bait or download the white spot disease information guide (PDF, 2.3MB) for further details on white spot disease and movement restrictions.

Biosecurity areas

The restrictions imposed by the white spot disease biosecurity regulation apply to the whole-of-Queensland, except for the areas of exclusion established through a Notice of Establishment of Biosecurity Areas (PDF, 3.8MB).

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, 2.8MB) focuses on containing the spread of WSSV and ultimately its eradication through targeted destruction and decontamination of WSSV carriers.

The Surveillance program (PDF, 4.3MB) 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).

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