The aftermath of the Australian WSSV. What now for prawn farmers?

Some of the standard mitigation strategies have been deployed, but what are the risks, and could we consider other strategies? For example, commercial and recreational fishers have been discouraged to operate in the affected areas. Without the fishing pressures, crustacean numbers may rise, and the higher numbers of animals susceptible in the region could help … Continue reading The aftermath of the Australian WSSV. What now for prawn farmers?

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

What happens if WSSV is not eradicated?

During this time, there would be teams working in feasibility studies on whether it’s possible to eradicate the crustacean white spot syndrome viral disease. If eradication is not feasible, then a national decision would need to be made, with support for developing a national management program. Resourcing would be adjusted and likely reduce, as the … Continue reading What happens if WSSV is not eradicated?

“Don’t come the raw prawn!” MAJOR THREAT to the aquaculture industry – 71% of imported green prawns tested positive for the WSSV – The BIGGEST aquaculture CRISIS in Australian history.

The ABC headlines: Agriculture department accused of ‘dropping the ball’ as new figures show higher rates of diseased prawn imports.   In effect, the article (see link) states that the government was irresponsible in not alerting prawn farmers of the fact that a significant proportion of imported prawns are a major threat to local producers. … Continue reading “Don’t come the raw prawn!” MAJOR THREAT to the aquaculture industry – 71% of imported green prawns tested positive for the WSSV – The BIGGEST aquaculture CRISIS in Australian history.

How does WSSV affect the natural ecosystems?

We have now learned that WSD is a viral infection that affects all types of crustaceans, marine, brackish and freshwater types. It’s a national disaster. But did you know that control measures may also adversely impact on the environment? It is a huge undertaking, and we hope this doesn’t have detrimental effects on the natural … Continue reading How does WSSV affect the natural ecosystems?

WSSV in prawns can be likened to FMD. Prawn fishery to lose more than 30% of their income.

White spot syndrome virus has a very wide host range and can infect any crustacea. This includes crabs, prawns and lobsters, both freshwater and marine. Already it’s having devastating a effect. This exotic disease outbreak can be likened to foot-and-mouth disease arriving in Australia. FMD virus also has a very wide host range, and is … Continue reading WSSV in prawns can be likened to FMD. Prawn fishery to lose more than 30% of their income.

How would Australia stop the spread of WSSV in shrimp/prawns?

Overseas, emergency harvest or culling is the first step to reduce the amount of infective material. This would be done on infected farms, and in neighbouring farms. This helps prevent spread into natural waterways, and creates a buffer zone. In emergency situations, there may be necessity to eradicate susceptible species in the wild. These would … Continue reading How would Australia stop the spread of WSSV in shrimp/prawns?

Australia, or at least Queensland (and now possibly NSW), may have to reconsider the moratorium on importing Vietnamese shrimp.

The Australian government has announced white  spot disease is now detected in southern Queensland The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is implementing an expanded movement control zone that encompasses Moreton Bay due to positive detections of the virus that causes white spot disease in northern Moreton Bay. The recent detections were found near Redcliffe Peninsular … Continue reading Australia, or at least Queensland (and now possibly NSW), may have to reconsider the moratorium on importing Vietnamese shrimp.

How will floods affect the distribution of the prawn white spot disease in Queensland?

Meet Dr Giana Bastos Gomes, our “naturalised Australian import from Brazil” with a wealth of first-hand experience on veterinary aspects of shrimp farming, including exotic diseases like the WSSV. Don’t get scared. Get ready! Ask us how we can help you get ahead. — Yours sincerely, Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS … Continue reading How will floods affect the distribution of the prawn white spot disease in Queensland?

Australia slammed for risking global food security by releasing KHV.

​This article mirrors what a lot of Australian scientists and veterinarians think and say, but powerless to exert any effect. Seems like there’s no stopping this train wreck. We do not live in isolation. Despite the enormously stringent quarantine rules… Question: How did the killer prawn WSSV come to create outbreaks in Australia? Read more … Continue reading Australia slammed for risking global food security by releasing KHV.