This report outlines the approval process required for Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) to be used as a biological control agent for carp in Australia. It discusses the relevant legislation, safety and efficacy assessments, registration process and recommendations. There are a number of statutory processes that need to be satisfied to obtain approval for the release of a biological control agent in Australia. The course to be followed also depends to some degree on the nature of the control agent and also the target organism. The use of a virus as the control agent will require approvals under the Quarantine Act 1908 (for importation and release of the virus) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) (for release of the virus into the environment). It would also be appropriate to seek approvals under the Biological Control Act 1984 (BA) because of the structured public consultation and indemnity provisions that this legislation contains. The latter legislation has not always been used for biological control agents, particularly for plants. However in cases where it is likely that there will be conflicts of interest it would appear most appropriate to use this legislation. For example, it was used for assessment of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) in the 1990’s and was particularly valuable in terms of the structured public consultation process. Produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre as part of the PestSmart series.
|Publisher||Invasive Animals CRC|
|ISBN/ISSN||Web ISBN: 978-1-921777-70-7|
|Control method||Biological Control|
|Region||Australia - national|
PestSmart toolkit: Carp - www.pestsmart.org.au/pestsmart/carp/