State-wide tests have revealed there is no white spot virus in Queensland waters after initially being discovered in the northern end of the Gold Coast.
The virus, which is devastating to the prawn industry but harmless to humans, was detected in the Logan River in December 2016 and quickly spread to Moreton Bay.
Thousands of prawns and crabs were tested for the virus as the Government increases its biosecurity response to the disease.
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“Our goal is to eradicate white spot disease,” said Acting Fisheries Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.
“All tests on 4,122 prawn and crab samples collected from April to the end of September from 38 locations from Moreton Bay to Cairns, and including the Logan River and Brisbane River, were negative and that is extremely good news for the industry.”
The Minister says the waters will be tested again in early 2018.
He thanked fishing and farming industries for strictly following new regulations which restricted the movement of marine organisms.
“Those restrictions prohibit the movement of uncooked prawns, yabbies and marine worms out of an area stretching from Caloundra to the border with New South Wales and west to Ipswich,” he said.