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​Prawns with white spot disease may have a loose shell with numerous white spots on the inside.
Friday 14 July 2017

Anglers' important role in white spot prevention

​We are urging recreational fishers to continue to play their part in preventing the introduction of the white spot disease to WA. 

White spot is a highly contagious viral disease that affects crustaceans.  

It is not known to be present in WA, but a wides​pread outbreak here could pose a serious threat to crustaceans including prawns, crabs, lobsters and marron. 

Since December 2016, white spot has been detected on prawn farms and in the aquatic environment in South East Queensland and, to protect WA, a prohibition is in place on the entry to the State of all live and uncooked crustaceans and worms from parts of QLD and NSW (see map). 

These measures compliment the Australian Government’s recent implementation of enhanced import conditions.

To help mitigate risks, recreational fishers must not use as bait any imported uncooked prawns or other crustaceans intended for human consumption.

Fishers should also check their bait prawns or other crustaceans for signs of white spot. 

Any thought to have the disease should be retained and immediately reported to the Fishwatch 24-hour hotline on 1800 815 507.

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