On 27 June 2017, the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee visited a number of prawn farms along the Logan River, followed by a public hearing in Yatala, as part of its inquiry into the biosecurity risks associated with the importation of seafood and seafood products.
The committee visited a number of prawn farms and aquaculture facilities around the Logan River area, which have been directly affected by the December 2016 outbreak of white spot disease. These farms are currently shut down after losing all stock to white spot disease, and subsequent biosecurity measures.
Following the site visits, the committee heard evidence at a public hearing in Yatala. The committee heard from a panel of prawn farmers, Ridley AgriProducts Pty Ltd, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and representatives from the Queensland commercial fishing industry.
Many thanks go to the farmers who allowed the committee to visit their farms, and to all witnesses who provided evidence on the day.