Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development biosecurity and fisheries experts will be on hand at this year’s Esperance Show to answer questions on topics ranging from preventing livestock diseases, community pest surveillance and changes to fishing rules.
Livestock biosecurity will be a strong focus, with information on prevention of African swine fever, incentives to call a vet to investigate livestock and livestock traceability.
Department field veterinary officer Kristine Rayner said all livestock owners had a vital role to play in maintaining Western Australia’s high biosecurity status.
“Whether you own just a few livestock as pets or you are a commercial producer, it is crucial to be aware of your biosecurity obligations for disease reporting and livestock traceability,” Dr Rayner said.
“To pick up the latest information on biosecurity and prevention of livestock diseases, producers can visit our display and talk a vet about signs of livestock disease that could be eligible for subsidised disease investigation and to pick up the subsidy guidelines.
“If you have questions about livestock ownership and identification or livestock movements, come and see our biosecurity officer Heidi Meyer for assistance.”
The department’s fifth annual Biosecurity Blitz will kick off at the Esperance show and runs for a month, from 19 October to 16 November.
Department development officer Laura Fagan said the Biosecurity Blitz was about encouraging members of the public along with industry and government to sign up to the surveillance program and report any interesting or damaging animals, insects, diseases or weeds across Western Australia.
“Come and visit the Biosecurity Blitz team at the show to find out more about the various survey activities you can do and sign up,” Ms Fagan said.
“The information collected is vital to ensure WA continues to maintain access to important export markets, and that our State resources and environment is protected from harmful pests and diseases.”
There will also be information on the State Barrier Fence, which will play an important role in managing wild dogs and emus, as well as the department’s starling surveillance activities and potential stowaway pests arriving at the Esperance port such as pest birds and the brown marmorated stinkbug.
Department marine education officer Kylie Outhwaite will be on hand at to answer recreational fishing questions.
There will be information on rule changes recently introduced in WA for pink snapper and blue swimmer crabs, and a number of recreational fishing guides, which have recently been revised and published.
Information will also be available about fishing in marine parks and the Sea Sense campaign to help everyone stay safe whilst out on the water.
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