Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fishing Alert: Only use labelled ‘bait prawns’ as bait

white spot prawn diseaseAnglers fishing in NSW waters are reminded they must not use prawns meant for human consumption as bait or burley, and unused prawns should never be disposed of in waterways.

Prawns purchased from supermarkets and other food outlets could spread the highly contagious white spot prawn disease from Queensland. Anglers must only use prawns labelled as ‘bait prawns for bait’ when fishing.

The white spot disease, which affects crustaceans, has been detected in a number of prawn farms in Queensland.

Fin fish are not affected by the disease and are not a carrier of White Spot. White spot disease does not pose a threat to human health or food safety.

There is currently no evidence of white spot in NSW prawns and we want to keep it this way.

You can help by checking your bait for signs of white spot. If you suspect that your bait may be affected, do not use it or dispose of it, and phone the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

To find out more about White Spot Disease visit www.outbreak.gov.au.

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