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.