Results from initial tests carried out in Moreton Bay for White Spot Disease have returned positive results for the virus from crab and prawn samples.
The samples were taken at the northern Moreton Bay region near the Redcliffe Peninsula, but results back from the southern Moreton Bay area show all samples collected are negative for white spot syndrome virus.
This latest outbreak is in the same area that positive results were found in 2017.
Biosecurity Queensland is processing the remaining samples collected from the Logan and Brisbane River area and will release the results once the testing has been completed.
Acting Chief Biosecurity Officer, Malcolm Letts, says it’s important that complete testing from all sites be finalised before we make any decisions about a white spot disease strategy moving forward is finalised.
“These initial results have been discussed with key seafood industry groups and we will continue to work closely with them throughout this process.”
Movement restrictions will remain unchanged with uncooked prawns, yabbies and marine worms not to be moved out of the movement restriction area, which runs from Caloundra to the New South Wales Border and west to Ipswich.
Biosecurity Queensland are also conducting surveillance for white spot disease along the east coast of Queensland with results expected in June.
The Agriculture Minister Mark Furner says it’s important to remember that white spot disease only affects crustaceans.
“It has no impact on human health, so make sure you go out and support your local seafood industry by asking for Queensland seafood next time you go shopping.”