Development of an Aquatic Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement
In October 2014 AHA commenced management of a new, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources funded, four year project dedicated to the development of a formal industry-government aquatic emergency animal disease response agreement.
While Australia has long-standing joint industry–government arrangements in place for responses to livestock emergency diseases and emergency plant pests and diseases, until now, there’s been nothing formally in place for responding to emergency disease outbreaks affecting aquatic animals and the industries that rely on them.
Aquatic animal industries as well as governments have long recognised this as a significant gap in our national preparedness and response ‘tackle box’. Previous work on developing formal industry-Government emergency aquatic animal disease response arrangements focussed on the abalone sector (aquaculture and wild capture). This project aims to build on previous efforts and eventually cover most aquatic animal industries.
An Aquatic Deed Working Group has been formed to help guide the project. Representatives from all major aquatic industry sectors (tuna, abalone – aquaculture and wild capture, salmon, prawns, edible oysters, pearl oysters, barramundi, and aquarium industries), together with Government representatives participate in the working group and provide advice on seeking solutions to some circumstances unique to aquatic industries and the environments in which they operate.
The Aquatic Deed Working Group regularly produces information and updates for stakeholders: