JCU testing safety net for prawns
THE North’s burgeoning aquaculture industry is in safe hands, with James Cook University researchers offering a much- needed additional disease testing service.
After the white spot disease breakout in the southern prawn industry, farmers have responded with increased disease testing and Queensland’s testing facilities have been unable to keep up with demand.
Professor Dean Jerry from JCU’s ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding said the service would speed up testing and allow farmers to better manage their stock.
“There is a clearly identified need for disease testing capabilities in Northern Australia that can provide results quickly,” he said.
The testing the university offers can detect a range of local diseases including gill- associated viruses in crustaceans.
“JCU has an important role to play in both routine testing in the aquaculture industry, and as a partner to conduct research and development,” Professor Jerry said.
JCU aquaculture PhD student Kelly Condon said a new disease testing facility would supplement testing conducted by southern laboratories by providing access to a regional and rapid monitoring service to assist biosecurity management and disease prevention.