Getting better will not be good enough – The wicked problem of biosecurity

Patrick Hone, Annabel Boyer, Matt Barwick, Toby Piddocke & Jennifer Marshall

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

Over the past 30 years, Australian seafood industries have been devastated by a steady march of disease outbreaks, often with little or no warning. Each episode has been devastating, and all have starkly illustrated aquatic disease management’s primary challenge: the underwater world has no fences. Given the absence of effective barriers for disease containment in freshwater and marine environments, how can one establish a “firebreak” when an exotic virus or a pest gets in the ocean? Simply doing what we’ve done in the past, but better, is no longer sufficient. Instead, we need to challenge ourselves to find new ways...

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