Serious fish or shellfish diseases are called ‘notifiable’ because you must immediately report that you suspect or know about them to the Department of Fisheries (or their equivalent in your state/country). You must tell them immediately if your fish or shellfish:
1. Could be infected with a reportable disease (you must report it even if you only suspect an infection).
2. Are dying in larger numbers than normal.
3. Are affected by unusual deaths.
4. If you know about or suspect a reportable disease but don’t report it you could be fined.
Ask your fish veterinarian if you’re unsure.
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Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
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Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University