Queeensland Shrimp Sector Hit by Whitespot Virus
Two shrimp farms in Queensland, Australia has been severely damaged by infection of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV), causing a state-wide panic among the shrimp sectors in Australia. This WSSV detection is the first occurrence since the last two years and it was discovered by Biosecurity Queensland officials during a routine testing in farms around Queensland.
State authorities are now ensuring that this infection is contained before it spreads to other shrimp farms because they want to avoid a repeat of the same incident in 2016. In 2016, shrimp stocks in seven shrimp farms destroyed by the WSSV, leading to a loss of almost $400 million dollars. This crippled the income of shrimp farmers and the shrimp sector.