White spot in wild-caught prawns near Evans Head


White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) has been detected by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in wild-caught school prawns (Metapenaeus macleay), from the inshore ocean area near Evans Head. The WSSV-positive prawns were collected on April 29, 2024 for routine testing as part of the national white spot surveillance program, with DPI Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) testing of 195 prawns in pools of …

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Beginner’s guide to catching prawns


Nothing beats a day of fishing followed by a delicious feast of prawns! With plenty of great spots across the coast, there is no shortage of places to cast for prawns. Over the past month or so an abundance of prawns as well as other baitfish have been accumulating in local waters, making it the perfect time to take advantage …

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NSW White Spot biosecurity control order extended


NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has extended a biosecurity control order until 14 June 2023 to minimise White Spot risks in the Clarence River estuary. NSW Chief Veterinary Officer, Sarah Britton, said the extended control order supports risk management activities, which underpin the continuation of trade in NSW and other parts of Australia. “Input from industry and key stakeholders is informing …

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Prawn fritters

Delicious prawn recipe – super easy, super quick. The perfect snack or pre-dinner taste sensation that goes well with a cold beverage. Ingredients 250g medium green prawns, peeled and roughly chopped 1 tsp garlic 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 egg, lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 3/4 cup self-raising flour 1 cup basmati rice, cooked 2 tbsp rice bran oil Method …

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Prawning Great Sandy Strait

prawning great sandy strait

NOTHING beats the sound and feel of prawns flicking in the cast net. Update yourself on the Fisheries Queensland legal limits as a boat limit of 20 litres of prawns now applies if two or more people are on board, in addition to individual limits of 10 litres per person. Prawns have been schooling in the deep holes in the …

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Two months fishing Moreton Bay

months fishing Moreton

HERE’S a rundown of my two months fishing Moreton Bay, mainly targeting pelagics and whiting (I did very little reef fishing), with most of the departures from Whyte Island and Manly. The end of December was the beginning of our two months fishing Moreton Bay and the lead-up to the new year got off to a good start, with plenty …

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Be prepared for prawn season

prawn season brisbane

WELCOME to 2019 everyone! I hope you had a wonderful start to the year and kicked it off by catching fish. We’ve seen amazing photos of everyone’s adventures over the festive season and I am so excited to share a few of them with you. But first, I’m happy to say Fish n Chicks has a brand-new logo. We have …

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Logan River prawn farms back up and running

logan river prawn farms back up and running

THREE prawn farms on the Logan River previously affected by white spot disease are now back in production after a twelve-month fallow period. The ponds on the prawn farms are currently stocked with post larvae which will be ready for harvest next year. Biosecurity Queensland will regularly visit and work with the farms to monitor their progress during the production …

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New WA import requirements for prawns and worms

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ON January 8, 2018, Western Australia (WA) modified its import requirements for prawns and polychaete worms easing the restrictions on Queensland products. The modified import requirements apply to crustaceans between Mooloolaba in Queensland and the New South Wales (NSW) border. Western Australia-approved businesses able to meet certain capture and processing requirements based in NSW and northern Queensland are now able …

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Top prawning tips for southeast Queensland

tips prawning southeast queensland

Bramble Bay, out the front of Clontarf Beach, is my go-to area in Moreton Bay. South of Brisbane, a good place to start is Jacobs Well, as are the power lines, Rocky Point, the Saltworks, Redland Bay and the Logan River. CR: When you’re out chasing prawns, how do you find them? DA: Like when you’re fishing, having a good …

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