Aquatics

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) protects South Australia’s aquatic environment from:

  • aquatic pests
  • aquatic diseases.

Aquatic pests

Aquatic pests threaten South Australian:

  • native species
  • environment
  • tourism seafood industry
  • seafood industry
  • aquaculture industry.

Early detection and monitoring by the community can identify new pests before they can establish in South Australia. Many successful pest eradication and control programs are the result of community members reporting new pest species.

Learn more about aquatic pests:

PIRSA manages threats from aquatic pests by:

  • Monitoring for the entry and spread of new pest species.
  • Responding to sightings of pest species before they establish.
  • Supporting control programs that minimise the impact of pests that can’t be eradicated.

National Carp Control Plan (NCCP)

The NCCP is investigating ways to control carp, the most destructive introduced pest fish species in southeastern Australia, to improve the quality of Australia’s waterways and aquatic biodiversity. A key method being explored for the control of carp is the potential release a carp virus Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 as a biological control.

The $15 million NCCP in partnership with PIRSA and Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin will be hosting four community briefing sessions in South Australia in December 2017 and February 2018 providing up to date information on the work of the NCCP.

The community briefing session will also provide a forum for people to ask questions on the NCCP and provide feedback to the program.

Get more information on the NCCP website.

Aquatic diseases

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) protects the aquaculture industry from aquatic diseases with:

  • border controls
  • disease monitoring programs
  • disease outbreak preparation.

Learn more about aquatic diseases.

Page Last Reviewed: 10 Oct 2017
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