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Title:

Development of sector-specific biosecurity plan templates and guidance documents for the abalone and oyster aquaculture industries

Project Number:

2016-245

Organisation:

Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)

Principal Investigator:

Shane Roberts

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$59,997.00

Program(s):

Environment, Industry

Development of sector-specific biosecurity plan templates and guidance documents for the abalone and oyster aquaculture industries

Final Report
ISBN:978-1-876007-05-8
ISSN:
Author(s):Matthews, E., Roberts, S.,Deveney, M., Bradley, T., Dang, C., Wronski, E., Walker, M., Savva, N. and Zippel, B.
Date Published:November 2017

This project developed industry endorsed biosecurity plans and guidance documents for the abalone farming industry (land based), and Oyster hatcheries. These documents provide industry with detailed guidance to develop a new, or improve existing, farm biosecurity plans and supporting documentation. Improving biosecurity practices represents a crucial step in ensuring a profitable, secure and resilient aquaculture industry.

Documented (and in some cases auditable) farm biosecurity plans are a common requirement of health accreditation programs and livestock translocation protocols. Consequently, these guidelines will facilitate industry to trade in livestock or as an independent business decision to protect the farm, industry and community from disease incursions. Depending on the enterprise’s individual business needs and cost benefit analysis, a farm may elect to adopt some or all of the best practice biosecurity recommendations outlined in the guidance documents.

Upon Animal Health Committee (AHC) endorsement these documents will become nationally agreed guidelines and form, not only an integral part of health accreditation and translocation protocols to assist in the safe translocation of oysters and abalone, but also a fundamental means of protecting the sectors from disease risks.

This project was led by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) during late 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with co-investigators from other relevant state jurisdictions as well as industry peak bodies.

Objectives

1. To develop an industry-endorsed, sector-specific biosecurity plan and relevant guidance documents for the Australian farmed abalone industry (land-based).

2. To develop an industry-endorsed, sector-specific biosecurity plan and relevant guidance documents for the Australian oyster industry (land-based).