Subsequently to the outbreak of WSD on Australian prawn farms in November-December 2016, this project was initiated to generate data on some of the likely entry pathways for WSSV to enter Australian waters via the retail purchase of uncooked prawns and crabs
Budget expenditure: $106,070.00
Project Status:
Completed
Principal Investigator: Matt A. Landos
Organisation: Future Fisheries Veterinary Service Pty Ltd (FFVS)
Project start/end date: 20 Dec 2016 - 27 Feb 2017
Contact:
FRDC
TAGS
Trade
Toxin
Stakeholder
Genetics
Disease

Need

Data is needed to assess the efficacy of the existing import controls. Australia's post-border testing and inspection measures on imported prawn commodities have not been subject to assessment of their efficacy in preventing WSSV stock reaching Australian retail outlets. In light of the recent outbreak, a review of the application of protocols is warranted. Data is required to understand the extent of inspection processes for illegal prawn commodity importation, which may bypass the import testing protocols.

Objectives

1. Sample uncooked prawn commodities at retail outlets in Logan and Clarence River Catchments
2. Test commodities for presence of WSSV DNA using qPCR at NATA accredited laboratory
3. Review import testing and processes associated with import of prawns into Australia