As part of the importation process the association understands that an application was lodged by ProAqua Pty Ltd to amend the List of Specimens taken to be Suitable for Live Import (Live Import List) in the Australia Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to include specific pathogen free (SPF) black tiger prawns Penaeus monodon for the purposes of prawn aquaculture development. The proposal specifically intends to:
- import live Penaeus monodon broodstock from certified disease free hatcheries in Thailand or Hawaii into an Australian quarantine facility (never to leave the facility); and
- the next generation be moved, after testing, to hatcheries and/or farms for grow out as commercial stock.
The Queensland Seafood Industry Association (QSIA) does not support the importation of live broodstock – QSIA Submission
The association supports the arguments raised by the Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries (ACPF) in their submission to the Australian Government – ACPF Submission
Author: Eric Perez, CEO – Queensland Seafood Industry Association
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