Project number: 2016-266
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $50,387.64
Principal Investigator: Len Stephens
Organisation: Seafood CRC Company Ltd
Project start/end date: 19 Jan 2017 - 30 May 2017


The WSD outbreak and subsequent significant mortality events is a massive threat to the prawn aquaculture industry throughout Australia. WSD is an exotic disease, resulting in the emergency animal disease provisions being implemented by State and Commonwealth governments. The response so far is to attempt to eradicate the disease by destruction of diseased stock and implementation of quarantine arrangements. This has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars to the prawn farming industry. In addition to the prawn farmers, other industries affected include wild prawns, crabs and recreational fishers.

A coordinated response from the Australian prawn farming industry is needed to ensure Federal and State stakeholders will have the confidence to provide targeted assistance and to ensure that that efforts by all stakeholders are not duplicated and / or contradictory.


1. Deliver a Prawn Industry WSD Response Plan covering actions that can be implemented on individual farms by the whole of industry and government.
2. To prepare a plan for the prawn farming industry and its stakeholders to respond to WSD in the short, medium and long term.
3. Provide assistance to APFA in consultation with stakeholders, identification of sources of assistance and coordination of the stakeholder response to WSD.

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