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South Coast farmers worried Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome could spread

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

Source ABC

It’s unknown whether a devastating virus which has killed millions of oysters will reach the South Coast.

$6 million worth of produce has been lost on the Central Coast, due to the outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome or POMS virus.

The disease crippled farmers on the Hawkesbury River in January 2013, but hasn’t affected Shoalhaven oyster farms.

The Executive Officer of Australia’s Oyster Coast Andrew Wales says farmers are concerned, but he says there’s nothing that can be done.

“I think the farmers on the South Coast are feeling fortunate that they haven’t been impacted.”

“They’re taking the view that while it could happen, it’s not in their best interests to sit and worry about it too much. They’re taking the view that they’re ok at the moment, they’ll work hard and produce the best oysters they can,” he said.

“Hopefully, through their partnership with government [they can] address any potential issue before it arises.”

Image Credit Angela Laviopierre ABC

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