The Australian prawn farming sector provides significant income to regional economies, particularly parts of Queensland
Budget expenditure: $13,626.00
Project Status:
Principal Investigator: Matt A. Landos
Organisation: Australian Prawn Farmers Association (APFA)
Project start/end date: 9 Jul 2012 - 30 Sep 2012


The Australian prawn farming sector is a significant contributor to regional economies, particularly in Queensland. The viability of the industry is contingent on maintaining its relatively disease-free status with respect to major viral diseases which have been documented to cause wide-spread losses in shrimp culture internationally. Ongoing vigilance is essential to ensure that Australia does not become another of the countries to become infected by important viruses such as white spot. Industry awareness is acknowledged as a key component of the passive surveillance for exotic diseases. The workshop will assist in raising the awareness of the risks, and the processes which are in place to prevent, and control emergency diseases should they occur. The workshop will provide an opportunity for industry to identify any improvements in the current system and communicate these issues to Government agencies. There has been widespread, severe outbreaks of WSSV internationally this year. 24 April 2011 - Saudi Arabia 23 September 2011 - Mozambique 3 October 2011 - Mexico 30th November - Brazil 4 December 2011 - Saudi Arabia - Jazan The above combined with a Biosecurity breach September 2010, where a shipment of prawns infected with WSSV were mistakenly released into the market place - means that prawn farmers must be ever vigilant in ensuring that our industry remains free from WSSV and other exotic and domestic diseases.


1. Raise awareness of prawn diseases and emerging disease risks entering Australia
2. Identify and understand the processes in place to respond to emergency diseases should they occur
3. Indentify any improvements in the current system and communicate these issues to industry and Government agencies
4. Working together to ensure preparedness to respond to disease risks in Australia