Appropriate use of bait FAQs

  1. 1. What sort of prawns can I use for bait?

    We recommend you only use Australian wild-caught prawns as bait, purchased from a bait supplier, or catch your own.

  2. 2. Can I use supermarket prawns as bait?

    No. Prawns that are purchased from the supermarket are meant for human consumption and should not be used as bait.

  3. 3. Why can’t I use certain types of prawns for bait?

    Imported, raw prawns should not be used as bait as they may carry viruses which could then be introduced into Australian waterways. These diseases could have devastating consequences on prawn populations (both farmed and in the wild).

  4. 4. How do I know which prawns are safe to use?

    Check to make sure the prawns you use as bait are Australian wild-caught. Prawns bought from a quality bait supplier will have been certified as safe to use, so it is recommended that you use these.

  5. 5. Where should I buy bait from?

    Always buy bait prawns from a trusted bait supplier who sources Australian, wild-caught prawns.

  6. 6. How can I help?

    • Check that your bait is Australian wild-caught from a quality bait supplier.
    • Catch your own bait.
    • Never use imported green (uncooked) prawns as bait or heads and tails as berley.
    • Make sure you put unwanted bait and seafood in the bin, not into natural waterways.
  7. 7. Can I move bait prawns out of the white spot movement restriction area?

    No. To help to stop the spread of white spot all bait purchased or caught in the white spot restricted area must only be used in that area.

  8. 8. Can I use prawns as bait in the white spot movement restriction area?

    Yes, along as they are purchased from a quality bait supplier or you catch them yourself.

  9. 9. What are some of the diseases that can be introduced from overseas if imported prawns are used as bait?

    White spot and yellow head are the two main concerns for Australia. Both these diseases can result in the high mortality of prawn populations.

  10. 10. What should I do if I suspect white spot disease?

    If you suspect white spot disease, you must report it to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or through our online reporting form.

    For more information about white spot, visit