Australian import of SPF Monodon disallowed – rightly so

Agree totally with ACPF submission on their review of

‘Environmental Assessment Report – Import of Specific Pathogen Free Penaeus Monodon Into Australia’

Specifically that the importation of live P. monodon from countries with past disease outbreaks is seen as a risky venture.

The QSIA report “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).
  • the next generation be moved, after testing, to hatcheries and/or farms for grow out as commercial stock.

Seen from a bio-security angle this is the type of thinking from within the industry.

Agree totally with also with ACPF needing some sort of confidence building about bio-security.

The above does not go far enough….the two points require commenting on:

  • if Australian quarantine facility why the need for certified free? Is that for some sort of genetic advantage?
  • next generation better never to leave a quarantined, bio-secure facility until harvested and preferably value added (cooked). Containment over exclusion and limitation.

So can a new proposal be made based around RAS technology – which is also more land and environment friendly, that can also be true organic, even bio-diverse, urban and technologically advanced:

“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 black tiger prawns Penaeus monodon for the purposes of prawn aquaculture development. The proposal specifically intends to:

  • import live Penaeus monodon broodstock from any source into an Australian quarantine facility (never to leave the facility); and
  • the next generation be kept in a quarantine facility (never to leave the facility) for grow out as commercial stock.
  • commercial stock for human consumption will be harvested and sterilized to a value added offering prior to leaving chain-of-custody facility”

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