Project number: 2012-035
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $15,000.00
Principal Investigator: Trevor Anderson
Organisation: Queensland Aquaculture Industries Federation
Project start/end date: 30 Apr 2012 - 29 Sep 2012


Aquatic animal health and biosecurity are fundamental to a viable aquaculture industry. Although there are many possible providers of information and support regarding biosecurity on farms, and many implications for disease outbreaks for farmers, farmers are generally poorly informed about these matters.
In addition, in the absence of detailed feedback, regulators are unaware of practical issues that may arise in the application of policies and procedures regarding aquatic animal health.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for exchange of information and views regarding aquatic animal biosecurity between farmers and regulators in Qld.
In so doing, it will improve the understanding of aquatic animal biosecurity and lead to improved biosecurity in the Qld aquaculture industry.


1. Increase industry awareness of and understanding of aquatic animal disease risks
2. Increase industry awareness of procedures and responsibilities for aquatic animal disease responses—at the industry, state and national level
3. Review on farm bio-security measures and provide a template for internal audit
4. Identify any weaknesses in current arrangements that may constitute a threat to industry and identify priority actions to mitigate those threats
5. Build on formal joint industry / Qld government aquatic animal disease response arrangements.

Final report

Author: Graham Dalton
Final Report • 2012-10-10 • 6.32 MB


Queensland Aquaculture Industries Federation (Inc) (QAIF) represents the major land based aquaculture sectors in Australia. Members believe that as the industry grows in scale, geographical spread and develops breeding stock re distant from the original wild sector genetics, it is becoming more exposed to risks of biosecurity breakdown. 

An industry workshop was held in Cairns on 5 September 2012.

It was attended by farmers, hatchery managers, university researchers, vets and senior staff from agencies responsible for managing biosecurity at a State and Federal level.  Issues explored included the risks to be managed, response arrangements and on-farm biosecurity protection.  

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