Government has decided not to take a gamble on the ‘Carpageddon’ plan.

Together, scientists and veterinarians around the world have engaged with the NCCP about Australia’s plan to release the koi herpesvirus. So many questions were raised, such as:

● why were there higher rates of deaths in non-target species (e.g. rainbow trout, silver perch, Murray cod) than in carp during their transmission trials?

● what impact will poor water quality as a result of mass carp die-offs have on native aquatic, and peri-aquatic fauna?

● what consequences will bacterial (including botulism) and algal blooms (including toxic blue-green algae) have on water ways, and on watering stock and crops?

These are only some from a long list of questions of foreseeable challenges that would be almost inevitable, should the virus be let out.

Subsequently, the government has decided on a 12 month extension before making a decision. The extension will allow time for researchers to look into the current knowledge gaps and speak with more stakeholders.

“This is a comprehensive and coordinated assessment, and once completed, will play a critical role in the Government’s decision on whether or not to proceed with release of the virus.

“Whether to release the carp virus to control carp is a big decision and it is essential that we get this early work right. There will be extensive further public consultation before any final decisions are made.”

But it seems as though the NCCP are still fixated on using the virus against the carp.

Read more here.


Fish Joke for Monday-itis: oysters

Patrick was a youthful and hardworking Irishman at a Coastal village in Ireland.

Daily he would pole a heavy old punt out to sea then work a heavy iron grapple to bring up the sand oysters

which he sold to the local ice works. He was a man of regular habits….he always arrived home each day at a certain time.

Sadly, Patrick did not realise the heavy grappling was taking a toll on a faulty heart.

One day he failed to come home, so his wife contacted the Police to investigate.

They rowed out and found Patrick dead in the punt beside him a huge grapple full of oysters he’d tried to hoist aboard.

Headlines next day in the ‘Irish Times Newspaper’ said…………………………………..

Wait for it!

Wait for it!


Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{

Million Dollar Fish

THE odds of landing an elusive Million Dollar Fish in the NT have just increased fivefold.
There will also be 100 $10,000 fish swimming around Top End waterways but, in another first for the competition, there will also be 20 barras with purple tags, which will award $2500 cash to the angler and $2500 to a Territory charity listed on

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Veterinary drugs and cash stolen from veterinary clinic in Perth.

POLICE are concerned for the safety of the thieves who stole veterinary drugs and cash from a Perth animal clinic on the weekend.

The incident saw the perpetrators force entry into the Noranda vet between 2pm Saturday and 8am Sunday before rummaging through a number of rooms and looting a safe.

Police fear those responsible don’t understand the dangers associated with veterinary medication, and warn anyone who comes into possession of the drugs not to take them.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at

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Aquaculture Animal Welfare – a free webinar

The US Aquaculture Society and National Aquaculture Association are hosting a free webinar entitled, Aquaculture Animal Welfare, at 11:00 am (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Aquatic animal welfare standards are being voluntarily adopted or regulated into existence in other countries; sometimes these rules are based more on public perception and opinion, rather than science. There is a need to develop and support functional, non-regulatory welfare standards for aquaculture in the US that document current and historical welfare practices.

Four speakers will present an update on these efforts in various parts of the world (European Union, Norway and Australia), which can be compared with the situation in the US. In the absence of existing regulations, the US aquaculture community needs to proactively incorporate animal welfare standards into current and future aquaculture production systems.

Speakers include:

  • Craig Watson, Director, University of Florida, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, Ruskin, Florida.
  • Howard Browman, Principle Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Austevoll Research Station, Storebø, Norway.
  • Ben Diggles, Director, DigsFish Services Pty, Ltd, Bribie Island, Australia.
  • Randy MacMillan, Vice-President for Research, Technical Services and Quality Assurance, Clear Springs Foods, Buhl, Idaho.

The webinar will be coordinated from Auburn University with the help of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

To register, please visit:

Please submit any questions to:


A. David Scarfe PhD, DVM, MRSSAf, CertAqV

Aquatic Veterinary Associates International, LLC

365 Monarch Birch Ct., Bartlett, IL 60103, USA

+1 (847) 650-4628 or

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