Biosecurity technology supports Oz fisheries

20 Apr 2017
Minister Rushton: “We’re always working to strengthen the way we manage biosecurity risks”

Minister Rushton: “We’re always working to strengthen the way we manage biosecurity risks”

A mobile application aimed at strengthening Australia’s capability to manage and respond to significant aquatic animal disease incidents has been launched by the Australian Government.

Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, said the application will allow industry to be better informed on aquatic diseases of national significance and provide a faster system to report incidents to the relevant authorities.

“Australia’s relative freedom from a range of pests and diseases constitutes one of our most valuable assets in the fishing and aquaculture industries,” she said.

“We’re always working to strengthen the way we manage biosecurity risks. Exotic pests and diseases can seriously impact on the productivity of our industries. They have the potential to damage market access for our fisheries and aquaculture industry and significantly increase production costs for farmers.”

‘The Aquatic animal diseases significant to Australia: Identification field guide mobile application’ was an agreed priority of industries and governments under AQUAPLAN 2014-2019 and funded by the Australian Government.

It is available on Android, Windows and iOS platforms and provides comprehensive information on diseases included on Australia’s National List of Reportable Diseases of Aquatic Animals.

“I encourage all of our commercial fishers, aquaculture workers, recreational fishers, biosecurity staff and scientists to download and get across this valuable application,” Minister Ruston said.

“It is a great tool that will help further ensure serious diseases do not impact on the future prosperity of Australian fisheries and aquaculture.”

For more information or to download the application visit www.agriculture.gov.au/aquatic-disease-field-guide​

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