Disease Free Certification

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Our fingerlings come from a disease free certified hatchery.

The FHCP places the following fish health and biosecurity conditions to ensure that fish health management is consistently maintained by :

  1. Keeping of fish health records
  2. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for quarantine, disinfection, disease investigation, disease treatment and control
  3. Reporting of significant or notifiable diseases
  4. Regular veterinary inspection program of the facility

Our hatchery has been submitting samples to the Queensland Government Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory for health testing. These tests are comprehensive. They include gross, and histology examination, (histopathology) of each sample submitted. This is where the sample, (Usually about 30 fish from each batch or pond.) is sliced into ultra thin, transparent sections which are then examined under a microscope by a highly qualified Queensland Government fish pathologist.

These tests have been a requirement for batches of fish sent to aquaculture facilities outside the state of Queensland.

In 2010, our hatchery volunteered to participate in a new government scheme designed to better capture the health of fish at aquaculture facilitys. This new scheme developed by the Queensland Government, the Fish Health Certification Program, (FHCP) requires samples to be sent on a regular basis regardless of where the fish were to be sold.

The FHCP carries out regular disease surveillance testing by gross and histopathology performed by the Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory (BSL) of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF-Qld), Queensland State Government. It also requires regular inspections by a qualified veterinarian.

This is a more intensive, structured, program of testing and monitoring which would enhance our hatchery's ability to provide quality fish to its customers.

To date no OIE or quarantinable diseases have been detected.

Our hatchery has always considered fish health to be a high priority. A new lab was constructed at Ausyfish in 2008. This lab has several microscopes, one having a camera fitted creating a good training tool for staff.

If required Ausyfish will supply a health certificate and (OR) AQIS certificate to customers with their deliveries of fish.