Presently, over 80% of the Western Australian aquaculture industry is based in inland Western Australia. With many aquaculture species (particularly crustaceans) acutely sensitive to pesticide contamination, the aquaculture industry is very interested in seeing the adoption of best practice chemical spraying by all agri-chemical users.
ACWA hosted an interdisciplinary seminar and workshop a number of years ago that lead to the development of an action plan that will support responsible and sustainable agri-chemical spray use that will enable the various primary producers to co-exist.
The Drift seminar created a much needed focus on this key issue to the aquaculture industry, but more importantly, it demonstrated to Government that both industry and the public wanted changes in how pesticide use was legislated and managed in Western Australia.
If you are farming in areas of the State where the spraying of chemicals is undertaken by primary industries, the following information may be of assistance to you: