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Prawns with WSD may have a loose shell with numerous white spots on the inside surface of the shell and a pink to red discolouration

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Working to protect WA fisheries from white spot disease

​We have amended the State's import requirements for prawns and worms from Queensland as part of our efforts to prevent white spot disease being introduced and spreading in WA's commercial fisheries.

White spot disease (WSD) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects crustaceans and has now been detected on four prawn farms near Brisbane, in South East Queensland.

The disease causes high rates of prawn mortality in affected stock, but does not pose a threat to human health or food safety.

Supplies of cooked prawns remain unaffected by the import requirements, and bait prawns can also be imported if they have tested negative for the virus.  

It is important that recreational fishers do their part to help stop the spread of this virus by not using food grade prawns as bait.

Using the white spot disease alert, fishers should check their bait for any signs of WSD and any prawns 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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