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Australian Fisheries Council: disease danger of imported trout



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AUSTRALIAN EIS FRIES COUNCIL DISEASE DANGER OF f viPORT.ED TROUT

The Australian Fisheries Council expressed concern at its

Adelaide meeting today at the possibility of serious fish diseases entering Australia.

The Council was told that disease agents could be transmitted by frozen and live trout and their eggs.

The Chairman, Mr. Anthony said, the Council would ask the Commonwealth Department of Health to investigate the position and to report on the desirability and/or possibility of introducing

regulations similar to those adopted by the United States.

The U.S. regulations prevent the entry into that country of frozen flesh, live fish and eggs of the trout family.

Pair. Anthony said, the Council believed three serious fish diseases (infectious pancreatic necrosis, viral haemorrhagic septicemia of rainbow trout, and whirling disease) were not present in Australia, and could cause considerable damage to trout stocks if they became established.

This would also involve the southern States in a costly disease control programme.

ADELAIDE.

21st September, 1 970,