The scathing report by Landline on how Australia dealt with the WSSV outbreak that’s crippling prawn farms.

Check out the leading story (http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/landline/RA1701Q012S00#playing) on the White Spot disease outbreak affecting shrimp/prawn farms and native wild crustacea in Queensland and New South Wales.

Basically they’re saying, if you’re a fish farmer, don’t rely on the government. You need to put in place, your own biosecurity, push harder and shout louder.

One major factor I believe is missing, is the lack of veterinary input. Terrestrial farmed animals have been able to evade so many exotic diseases due to the dilligence and maturity of the industry, and the high level of veterinary input via the government and private sectors working collaboratively. I’d like to see this happening in the aquatic farming sectors.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND.
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Web: http://www.thefishvet.com.au

Ph: +61 421 822 383

Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

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