Recommended procedure for decontaminating fishing apparatus and vessels

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus that causes white spot, it is expected that before leaving the restricted area for extended periods, fishers follow this cleaning and decontamination procedure.

Usual cleaning and hygiene procedures are sufficient for vessels that are remaining in the restricted area or returning daily.

Place vessels in a trailer or slip for decontamination to complete the following procedure effectively and to prevent contamination washing into waterways.

  1. Remove all gross fouling and organic matter from all boat surfaces and equipment by scraping, brushing or using a high-pressure water cleaner. Pay particular attention to nets to remove any dead prawn and crab material.
  2. Apply a suitable disinfectant solution to all surfaces and equipment for at least 10 minutes.(Note: A disinfectant solution with the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride should be mixed to a concentration of 75-100 mg/L. Safety precaution: Ensure you follow the manufacturer's safety guide.)
  3. Rinse all external areas with fresh water and allow to dry in direct sunlight.
  4. Vacuum all internal cabin areas thoroughly to remove any mud or soil. Wipe all surfaces, including floors, benchtops and seats, with the disinfectant solution.
  5. Record the date the vessel and equipment were disinfected.