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Is this virus solely communicated by live fish ?

Or can it be transferred by fish products ( read imported fish meal ) and other porous materials that have been in contact with diseased fish ?

If the answer is no to the first question I suspect the disease is already here - time bomb anybody ?

Quarantine is not foolproof .

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From what i understand the main carriers of this disease are Gourami, Oscars, Apisto's and Rams.

If all goes ahead with the batch testing etc, they will eventually have Australian Certified farms overseas and they will be the only places allowed to be imported to Australia.

Local breeders definitely need to expand, it's a wonder there aren't so many more diseases from the polluted water quality overseas. :gurn:

Pisces need to kondys some of there ponds if you know what i mean ;);)

The industry is struggling enough right now as it is without adding extra costs onto the already high cost of ornamental fish keeping.

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I actually believe certified suppliers is a good way to go .

I used to work in a quarantine room , and some of the fish coming in from Asia were appalling .

Some also were quite good - but the quality was never reliable .

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Hi guys,

I am not a science person, so have struggled typing up an appropriate response to send to the appropriate people to express my concern. I believe if I am going to send emails or letters off to the government agencies and individuals, then I should address the concerns of the hobbiests and aquarium industry, as well as the environments. So I am hopping some one far more learned than me can type up an appropriate response and post it on the forum here so that we can all put our john and jane hanckocks on it.

There are several such types of form letters going around as well as requests for each individual to do everything they can. For example - from the Queensland Cichlid Groups website:

http://www.qcichlid.org/ornamental_fish ... n_2008.rtf

also a draft of a poster just released which will be going up at all concerned pet and aquarium stores. Ive just uploaded it to a free file server but can email it to anyone directly too.

Download Biosecurity flyer Draft 1

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Benni I got a letter from Pisces today saying they are now starting to breed livebreeders to cope with the new laws. I believe Bayfish used to breed quite a few of their own fish but recently, 6-12 months ago?, sold all the breeders and imported or bought from local breeders. Don't quote me on that as I'm not 100%. Maybe Stace could verify this?

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yeah i actually had a visit from the owner of bay fish the other week, turns out they started by just breeding americans and snowballed from there.. im pretty sure they still have massive ponds etc but not exactly sure what for.

i read something a while ago about pisces expanding their fish, but do they onsell to bay? coz ive nevr bought fish from them.

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If you are serious about helping save the hobby then start writing.

Send a letter (fax a copy and then mail the original) to your local member, the commonwealth ombudsman, DAFF, Tony Burke, John Cobb and anyone else you think may be able to help.

Do not rant - just state how the legislation will affect you, how it will affect your LFS (it is important to highlight the financial loss to these businesses and the community - loss of jobs (especially for young people), do they sponsor clubs, support shows, maintain tanks at schools/nursing homes?? etc).

State how disappointed you are that the hobby groups (eg QFAS, EDAS etc) were not consulted (find out who your hobby groups are in your region)

State your fears for the hobby eg creation of an Importing Duopoly, only large "super stores" will survive (Creating a Coles/Woolworths marketplace)

Needless sacrifice of fish; why is industry so over-regulated and controlled? etc

If you are stuck I can email a copy of the letter I have sent. Please tailor this to your needs though - don't just send an exact copy.

Join the DAFF stakeholder group (IMPORTANT-you must do this before sending your response to them):

http://www.daff.gov.au/ba/stakeholder

then send your reply to:

http://www.daff.gov.au/ba/ira/current-a ... 010-22_baa

Contact details for the Commonwealth ombudsman:

http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/pages/contact-us/

Contact details for Tony Burke:

http://www.tonyburke.com.au/file.php?file=/contact.html

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food Security, Fisheries and Forestry

http://www.johncobb.com.au/

Sitting members State Government:

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/l ... ea=members

http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/p ... entMembers

(please add other states if you know the link)

Sitting members Federal Government:

http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/mi-elctr.asp

Thankyou. Appreciate any help/support you can offer.

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Out of interest has anyone contacted ( as annoying as they are ) ACA or today tonight etc? They might be needing a filler story and it would get it more in the open also?

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Have any cases of Iridovirus been reported in Australia before?

OK so I did a google search myself and found reported outbreaks in a Victorian Rainbow trout farm in 1984, farmed Murray cod in 2003 and Redfin perch. It also appears that the first Iridovirus, the ranavirus epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus (EHNV), to cause mortality in finfish actually occured here in Australia.

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Back to Basics, I think your opinion is just as valid as anyones elses and I agree that if we in the hobby are serious about protecting our hobby in the long term, then this legislation is long overdue.

How about all the smaller LFS and more dedicated operators start getting smarter about supplying quality fish for the local supply and enthusiasts and get together as a breeder cooperative of some sort and work together to supply the marked of quality, reasonaly piced fish by working together, people specialise in certain species and spread the effort by sharing knowledge of breeding fish to supply reasonably priced and quality fish, not the cheap crap from the big chains. Leave those to the importers to bear these extra costs to protect our hobby and to supply those cheap dispensible fish for the kids birthday market.

After all everyone will win this way, enthusiasts will still get access to qualtiy fish, bred locally and thus be diease free. The cooperatives could then also pool orders to get occasional imports for new bloodlines, etc.

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Have any cases of Iridovirus been reported in Australia before?

OK so I did a google search myself and found reported outbreaks in a Victorian Rainbow trout farm in 1984, farmed Murray cod in 2003 and Redfin perch. It also appears that the first Iridovirus, the ranavirus epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus (EHNV), to cause mortality in finfish actually occured here in Australia.

Redfin Perch Perca fluviatilis are the main host for EHNV, though the disease is unique to Australia.

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