The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (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.

Get more information on the NCCP website.

Aquatic diseases

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (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: 26 Feb 2018
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