Biosecurity alert: White spot in prawns

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Import requirements

The below Import requirements for crustaceans of the order Decapoda and polychaete worms of the class Polychaeta  are published in the Quarantine WA Import Requirements manual.

Live or uncooked crustaceans of the order Decapoda, including but not limited to lobster, crayfish, prawns, shrimp, crabs, Moreton Bay Bugs and yabbies.

The crustaceans or parts of crustaceans

  • have been taken from the waters of the Northern Territory, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania or South Australia; and
  • the containers holding the crustaceans or parts of crustaceans are labelled with the producer, the trade or common name of the crustaceans, and the place where the crustaceans were taken;

or

If produced by aquaculture in QLD or NSW, the crustaceans or parts of crustaceans

  • have been processed, packaged and labelled for human consumption; and
  • have been tested and certified as free from White Spot Syndrome Virus in accordance with the sampling and testing regime provided by the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Sustainability and Biosecurity;

or

If taken from the waters of QLD, the crustaceans or parts of crustaceans are accompanied by a statutory declaration, made by a representative of a business approved by the Deputy Director General of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Sustainability and Biosecurity, for the purposes of this requirement, stating that the crustaceans or parts of crustaceans have been consigned by that business and:

  • are wild caught; and
  • are taken from waters North of  Mooloolaba in Queensland; and
  • are processed for the purposes of human consumption; and
  • have been processed at a facility that has adequate biosecurity measures in place to segregate the processing of the crustaceans to be imported to WA from crustaceans, or equipment, or containers, or water used in the processing of crustaceans taken or produced from an area South of Mooloolaba in Queensland;

or

The crustaceans or parts of crustaceans have been

  • treated by gamma irradiation with a dose not less than 50Kgy; and
  • the containers are labelled with a batch number or consignment number to allow traceability of the product to an irradiation treatment certificate; and
  • the consignment is accompanied by that certificate of irradiation.

Polychaete worms - worms of the class Polychaeta

 

The polychaete worms

  • have not been taken from an area South of Mooloolaba in Queensland and North of the NSW/ QLD border; and
  • the containers holding the polychaete worms are labelled with the producer, the trade or common name of the polychaete worms, and the place where the polychaete worms were taken.