Infection of amphibians with chytrid fungus resulting in chytridiomycosis

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006

Threat abatement plan
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Warning

The background document for this threat abatement plan refers to the use of gloves for handling frogs and tadpoles to avoid spreading the chytrid fungus.

There is now clear research to show that the use of certain types of gloves (eg latex, nitrile) can have up to a 100% mortality effect on tadpoles and that unwashed vinyl gloves can also cause mortality in tadpoles.

About the plan

Chytridiomycosis is an infectious disease affecting amphibians worldwide. The disease has been recorded in four regions of Australia, namely the east coast, southwest Western Australia, Adelaide, and more recently Tasmania. This highly virulent fungal pathogen of amphibians is capable at the minimum of causing sporadic deaths in some populations, and 100 per cent mortality in other populations.

This threat abatement plan has two broad goals:

  • to prevent amphibian populations or regions that are currently chytridiomycosis-free from becoming infected by preventing further spread of the amphibian chytrid within Australia
  • to decrease the impact of infection with the amphibian chytrid fungus on populations that are currently infected

Review status

The threat abatement plan for Infection of amphibians with chytrid fungus resulting in chytridiomycosis (2006) was reviewed in 2012 by the Minister as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The actions that have been undertaken to abate the threat of chytrid fungus in amphibians as identified through the actions, goals and objectives of the threat abatement plan were assessed to determine whether the threat abatement plan is still a feasible, effective and an efficient way to abate the threatening process.

The Minister considered the findings of the review and recommended that the threat abatement plan be revised and a threat abatement advice be prepared.

The 2006 plan will remain current until the revised threat abatement plan is approved by the Minister.

Threat abatement plan – revision

The Minister for the Environment has released the draft ‘Threat abatement planfor infection of amphibians with chytrid fungus resulting in chytridiomycosis’ for three-month public consultation which closes on 21 August 2014.

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