Aquatic animal diseases can have severe impacts on aquaculture operations. Putting systems in place to protect your farm not only helps fulfil your general biosecurity duty, but makes good business sense in reducing your biosecurity risks.

Developing an enterprise level Aquaculture Biosecurity Plan will help reduce biosecurity risks and support a rapid response to any suspected incursions.  A Biosecurity Plan will provide you with clear guidance about practices you should adopt every day and clear guidance for staff and visitors about what they must do to minimise biosecurity risks to your farm.

See our Biosecurity Planning page for more information and useful templates to get you started.

What you can do

Other actions you can take include:

  • Research pests and diseases relevant to your cultivation species. See Disease Management in Aquaculture for more information.
  • Be on the look-out for biosecurity problems that can affect your business, industry or the natural habitat.
  • Talk to all farm visitors about the importance of biosecurity.
  • Check equipment when moving on or off-site for unwanted hitchhikers.
  • Make sure you know when to report concerns to DPI Aquatic Biosecurity and your aquatic veterinarian for assistance.