Fish­ers warned

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE Depart­ment of Fish­eries is call­ing on recre­ational fish­ers to do their bit to pre­vent the dev­as­tat­ing white spot disease (WSD) be­ing in­tro­duced and trans­mit­ted to WA’s valu­able fish­eries.

WSD is a highly con­ta­gious vi­ral disease that af­fects crus­taceans and has now been de­tected in five prawn farms south of Brisbane in south­east Queens­land.

This disease causes high rates of prawn mor­tal­ity in farm stock, but does not pose a threat to hu­man health.

If WSD is es­tab­lished in WA, it could pose a se­ri­ous threat to the state’s fresh­wa­ter and ma­rine crus­taceans in both farmed and wild fish­eries, in­clud­ing prawns, crabs, lob­sters and mar­ron.

Fish­ers should also check their bait prawns for any signs of WSD and any thought to have the disease should be re­tained and im­me­di­ately re­ported to the FishWatch 24hour hot­line on 1800 815 507.

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