Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Close Call as Coast Dodges Prawn Virus; Transport Ban on Moreton Bay Stocks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Close Call as Coast Dodges Prawn Virus; Transport Ban on Moreton Bay Stocks

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JANINE

HILL

janine.hill@scnews.com.au

THE Sunshine Coast seafood industry is on alert following the discovery of white spot virus in prawns in Moreton Bay.

Although the virus has not been confirmed in the region's prime brand, the Mooloolaba king prawn, there are concerns about the potential impact that white spot in Moreton Bay could have on the region's prawn population.

The State Government has implemented a movement control order preventing the transport of raw crustaceans from a zone between Caloundra and the New South Wales border to try and limit the spread of the virus.

Most Mooloolaba-based prawn trawlers operate north of Moreton Bay, out of the control zone.

However, the spread of white spot from the Logan River to Moreton Bay in the space of months has raised concerns about the potential for further contamination.

Trawler owner Paul Williams described Moreton Bay as the region's prawn "nursery" and was concerned about the impact of white spot on future stocks in the east coast fishery.

Mr Williams said if white spot took hold in Moreton Bay and reduced the prawn population, it could be difficult to sustain commercial prawning as well.

"Does it affect the biomass? Does it affect the wellbeing of the stock? That's an area of concern, the potential collapse of the east coast fishery," Mr Williams said.

He was also concerned about the possible damage to the Mooloolaba king prawn brand.

He said although there had been no suggestion that the white spot had been found in Mooloolaba king prawns, and white spot was not harmful to humans, some people were already wary.

"We've had people say to us, 'Can't we eat prawns any more?'"

Mr Williams said the problem could have been avoided if contaminated prawns had not been allowed into Australia in the first place.

"The tragedy of it is that we asked the government not to have imports from countries that have had the virus," he said. …

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