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More information on white spot disease

white spot disease prawns

  POSITIVE test results for the virus that causes white spot disease (WSD) in prawns have been received for a sixth aquaculture farm south of the Logan River. Prawn stock on the sixth infected property has been harvested. Treatment of the ponds will now occur. There are eight farms in this area. Six have now been confirmed with the virus, …

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Barramundi season reopens

barramundi season reopens

QUEENSLAND anglers can get their rods and lines back out for the barramundi season which reopened at midday yesterday, February 1. The barramundi season closure had been in force in the Gulf of Carpentaria since October 7 last year and November 1 for the east coast. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Robert Ibell said the closed seasons aimed …

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Emergency assistance for prawn disease response

prawn disease. prawn farms

Federal Government providing $1.74 million to help respond to prawn disease in Queensland, including up to $400,000 in direct support to farmers White spot disease has infected five properties in southeast Queensland Leading aquatic disease group still asserts eradication is possible THE response to the outbreak of white spot disease in Queensland’s southeast will be boosted by up to $1.74 million …

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Australian fish stocks report card released

australian fish stocks

CONSUMERS of Australian seafood can have renewed confidence in the sustainability of buying fish from Australian stocks with the release of the latest edition of the ‘Status of Australian Fish Stocks’ reports from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. In total, the reports look at 83 of the most important species and species complexes, representing about 90 percent of both …

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Spanish mackerel turn it on at Brunswick Heads

It was forecast to back off a touch the next day and everyone had the same idea. I reckon 50 boats went out the Brunswick Heads Bar and mine was one of them. Pretty good bait was around in the form of big slimies and a few pike. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I just threw the anchor …

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Hefty fines for undersized recreational catch in far north

undersized far north

TWO recreational fishers found with a large catch of undersized fish and mud crabs in far north Queensland have been fined $19,000 in the Ayr Magistrates’ Court. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol field officer Trevor Thomson said valuable information from a member of the public led fisheries officers to identifying the offenders. “QBFP officers searched a van during a patrol …

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Fish feel pain just like humans – myth

fish feel pain mangrove jack

[Originally published by Andrew Rowland at thewest.com.au] THE anti-fishing brigade has once again rolled out the “fish feel pain” rhetoric in an effort to convince people that fishing is a bad thing to do. Any suggestion of equivalence between what fish and humans feel in relation to a hook lodged in the lip has been well and truly dismissed by science. …

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White spot disease update

white spot disease update seq

Current situation Biosecurity Queensland has completed the treatment of all production ponds on five aquaculture farms in the Logan River region after white spot disease was detected in late 2016. This is the largest aquatic animal disease response in Queensland and to date 112 production ponds on five infected premises have been treated with more than 2.8 million litres of …

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White spot disease update and how to report it

white spot disease prawns

WHITE spot disease is a highly contagious viral infection that affects crustaceans. The disease has been confirmed in five prawn farms. The five infected premises (owned by four prawn farms) are located on the Logan River. Biosecurity Queensland is treating affected ponds with chlorine and is preparing for disposal and decontamination work. Surveillance and sampling in all prawn farms and waterways in …

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Mercury men clean up at ABT Costa BREAM Grand Final

TOURNAMENT veteran Warren Carter has beaten the best bream fishers in Australia to win the 2016 Mercury Cup and collect a cheque for $1000. “I came second last year so it’s definitely nice to go one better, and it was a surprise because it was so close,” Warren said. The Mercury Cup is decided on performances in the ABT’s Costa …

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