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    Important: Logan River closed to crabbing and prawning

    This probably has to be made a sticky on several forums Phil - very important that this message is heeded

    *Queensland Government*
    *Department of Agriculture and Fisheries*
    *Media Release*
    9 December 2016


    The Logan River is now closed to the commercial and recreational take of
    crustaceans as Biosecurity Queensland continues to respond to an outbreak
    of white spot disease (WSD) in prawns.


    Chief Biosecurity Officer Jim Thompson said tests had confirmed the
    presence of the WSD virus in wild prawns from the river.


    “We are moving quickly to reduce the chance of the virus spreading any
    further through locally-caught wild prawns, crabs or worms,” he said.


    “Any movement of green, uncooked crustaceans taken from this area would
    pose a real risk for moving the virus beyond the Logan River.”


    The Logan River is now closed to the take of these species from the Jabiru
    and Luscombe Weirs in the west to the mouth of the river in the east.


    The movement control order restricts any movement of crabs, worms and
    prawns out of the defined area. Fin fishing and boating is still allowed.


    Dr Thompson said he understood that this may impact on the plans of local
    fishers over the holiday period.


    “However in this situation, we are obliged to take all possible steps to
    reduce the chance of spread,” he said.


    “Disinfection and destocking of ponds at aquaculture farms on the Logan
    River has been ongoing since last week when the outbreak of WSD had first
    been detected.


    “I continue to emphasise that infected prawns do not pose any human health
    risk, and despite this latest development there will be no impact on the
    supplies of prawns for the holiday season.”


    Aquaculture operators and fishers should report any unusual signs in prawns
    and other crustaceans to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.


    For more information about WSD and details of the fishing closure,
    including a map, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au

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    Re: Important: Logan River closed to crabbing and prawning

    map of the area is here

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    Re: Important: Logan River closed to crabbing and prawning

    White Spot Disease
    Australia and New Zealand Standard Diagnostic Procedures
    INTRODUCTION
    Aetiology
    White spot disease (WSD) of crustaceans is caused by infection with white spot syndrome virus (WSSV),a member of the Whispoviridae. Clinical disease is more frequently observed in farmed prawns than wild prawns. WSSV is considered exotic to Australia and New Zealand and is notifiable to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
    Australia has extensive populations of wild and farmed penaeid prawns, and detection of WSSV in Australia may have adverse trade implications for the Australian fishing and aquaculture industries as well as environmental and social impacts. Importation of live prawns into Australia is banned, and imported green prawns may be used only for human consumption at this time.
    Epidemiology
    WSSV was first reported in both Taiwan and People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1992. Subsequently, it has spread throughout the prawn farming areas of Asia from Pakistan in the west to Korea in the north and Indonesia in the southeast. In 1999, the disease was introduced to Central America and has since spread throughout the Americas from the United States of America (USA) to Peru. The spread ofWSSV has been predominantly associated with the movement of live infected animals. It has been proven in Australia and elsewhere that frozen commodity prawns can contain viable WSSV. NO SHIT SHERLOCK !!!!!!!!!! BEEN TELLING YOU FOR YEARS !!!!!!!

    Myself and many others told everyone we could about this when Australia first started importing this shit from overseas. But did Bio-Security listen… NO ! Some ####ed up trade agreement between governments has now put our whole industry and reputation at risk. Sometimes I wonder why Govt types fail to see the bleeding obvious ???
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-0...nknown/8103722

    Interesting.... the ABC report on Thursday states "Australia's aquaculture industry confident white spot prawn disease has not spread to wild stock "..... and on Friday ( 24 hrs later ) .. " TEST results have confirmed white spot disease in wild prawns recently collected from the Logan River "..... SERIOUSLY !!!!!!http://www.abc.net.au/.../source-of-prawn-virus.../8103722 mind-blowing........ the devastation caused to the industry will be huge and the damage to our reputation almost irreparable, along with this will come job losses. This is seriously more damaging than the Fire Ant situation . Leanne Donaldson MP ( Fisheries Minister ) needs to jump all over this NOW !!!!!!
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    Re: Important: Logan River closed to crabbing and prawning

    I can confirm that it looks very much like white spot disease is now in our local bait supplies. See attached pic of a locally caught bait prawn purchased from a tackle shop. Fisheries /Biosecurity QLD will need your help and co-operation to stop the spread - Tackle shop proprietors with bait product from the Logan River (especially from the past few weeks) who suspect it is infected should take it off the shelves and ring Biosecurity QLD 13 25 23 or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888. Perhaps everyone should consider using lures or fish flesh instead of prawn bait for a while.....

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    Re: Important: Logan River closed to crabbing and prawning

    This could get very messy very quick. Is there a solution to erredicate it?

    Wouldn't it be prudent to get every prawn trawler capabable of working these rivers in there to smash the population numbers down as much as possible to reduce the available host numbers then restock later?
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    Re: Important: Logan River closed to crabbing and prawning

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky_Phill View Post
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-0...nknown/8103722

    Interesting.... the ABC report on Thursday states "Australia's aquaculture industry confident white spot prawn disease has not spread to wild stock "..... and on Friday ( 24 hrs later ) .. " TEST results have confirmed white spot disease in wild prawns recently collected from the Logan River "..... SERIOUSLY !!!!!!http://www.abc.net.au/.../source-of-prawn-virus.../8103722 mind-blowing........ the devastation caused to the industry will be huge and the damage to our reputation almost irreparable, along with this will come job losses. This is seriously more damaging than the Fire Ant situation . Leanne Donaldson MP ( Fisheries Minister ) needs to jump all over this NOW !!!!!!
    Big call Phil saying it has potential to be worse than the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) as 80 people have been killed in the US from RIFA. Just saying...........

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    Re: Important: Logan River closed to crabbing and prawning

    Quote Originally Posted by Back In Black View Post
    Big call Phil saying it has potential to be worse than the Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) as 80 people have been killed in the US from RIFA. Just saying...........
    Thanks.... I was of course referring to the Australian conditions and issues. I am just trying to highlight the severity of the problem and potential outcomes.

    And I must edit the Ministers name, apparently we had a chneg of Fisheries Ministers a couple of weeks ago... Bill Byrne is the new man in the job.

    NOW, for those concerned and want to be kept in the loop. the following link is to subscribe to Fisheries notifications, alerts and newsletters... have a look and sign up for what specific items you want to be kept informed about.

    http://www.vision6.com.au/em/forms/s...0433&k=23bf508


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