White spot disease lingers in Moreton Bay

WHITE spot disease has been detected in the Moreton Bay region, the latest round of testing shows.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the virus was detected in crab and prawn samples from the northern Moreton Bay region near the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Mr Furner said results from all samples collected from the southern Moreton Bay area were negative.


“This is the same area that positive results were found in 2017,” Minister Furner said.

“Biosecurity Queensland is processing the remaining samples collected from the Logan and Brisbane River area and will release the results once the testing has been completed.

“We have received results back from the southern Moreton Bay area and all samples collected were negative for white spot syndrome virus, so that area is clear.”

Acting Chief Biosecurity Officer, Malcolm Letts, said Biosecurity Queensland was now waiting on results from the Brisbane and Logan River areas.

“It’s important that we complete testing from all sites before we make any decisions about our white spot disease strategy moving forward,” Mr Letts said.

“These initial results have been discussed with key seafood industry groups and we will continue to work closely with them throughout this process.

Movement restrictions will remain unchanged with uncooked prawns, yabbies and marine worms not to be moved out of the movement restriction area, which runs from Caloundra to the New South Wales Border and west to Ipswich.

Biosecurity Queensland are also conducting surveillance for white spot disease along the east coast of Queensland with results expected in June.

“It’s really important to remember that white spot disease only affects crustaceans and has no impact on human health, so make sure you go out and support your local seafood industry by asking for Queensland seafood next time you go shopping,” Mr Furner said.

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