17 September, 2014
Australia continues to be a world-leader in aquatic animal health management, with today's release of the third national plan for aquatic animal health--AQUAPLAN 2014-19.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the plan outlines industry and government priorities to improve national biosecurity and health management policies for aquatic animals.
"Our fisheries and aquaculture sector was valued at $2.3 billion in 2012, this is a major industry in Australia and we all need to work together to ensure it has a prosperous and sustainable future," Senator Colbeck said.
"The plan gives an overview of aquatic animal health issues relevant to aquaculture, commercial fisheries, recreational fisheries, the ornamental fish industry, the tourism industry and the environment."
"Aquatic animal diseases rarely affect human health, but they can have a big impact on aquaculture and fisheries productivity."
"AQUAPLAN describes many activities to improve aquatic health management and deal with infectious diseases of finfish, molluscs and crustaceans."
"The plan was developed collaboratively by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and representatives from Australia's aquaculture, commercial and recreational fisheries, and ornamental fish industries."
"It's all about having a shared vision of what the true priorities are in aquatic animal health over the next five years."
"Australia is considered a leader in aquatic animal health, and it's all because of the way industry and governments work together to manage issues and set priorities," Senator Colbeck said.
AQUAPLAN 2014-2019: Australia's National Strategic Plan for Aquatic Animal Health is available at: http://www.daff.gov.au/animal-plant-health/aquatic/aquaplan