Government gets tough on foreign prawns

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
24 July 2007, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - The Federal Government will strengthen quarantine measures for imported prawns to protect the local industry and marine environment.

New restrictions on the importation of raw prawns have been implemented to reduce the risk of disease entering the country, Fisheries Minister Eric Abetz said today.

"Imports will need to come from sources recognised by Australia as free from disease or concern, or be tested for a wide range of diseases," he said.

Imports of highly processed prawns will still be allowed – namely battered, marinated or cooked prawns.

Fishermen and prawn farmers have welcomed the new measures.

Scott Walker, head of the Australian Prawn Farmers Association, said the measures would protect the nation's $600 million prawn market.


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