Tuesday, September 27, 2016

27/09/2016: New South Australian Pacific Oyster hatcheries to ease spat shortage

A new million dollar oyster hatchery for South Australia is tipped to help ease the national shortfall in oyster spat in the aftermath of POMS.

According to a recent article published on abc.net written by Sally Dakis, biosecurity controls imposed after the discovery of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in Tasmania earlier this year have effectively shut off the major spat suppliers for the national industry.

Cameron of Tasmania at Dunalley on the Tasman Peninsula has announced a joint venture with Australia's largest abalone spat producer SAM Abalone to establish a pacific oyster hatchery at Port Lincoln, South Australia.
Oysters: Jeremy Keith

Managing Director of Cameron of Tasmania, Ben Cameron said when operating the hatchery could produce 100 per cent of South Australia's spat requirements.

He said the investment would be in the order of 'millions' and had been a part of the company strategy for a number of years.

"When we first really thought that the POMS virus was a realistic threat in Australia, the Board at Cameron's did a thorough analysis of our company and where our markets are," Ben Cameron said.

"We made a commitment at least six years ago that if POMS came to Tasmania before it came to South Australia that we would set up a hatchery over there," he said.

Mr Cameron said Tasmania would be able to keep jobs, by utilising the Tasmanian expertise and working from time to time interstate, "The financial consequences of POMS has been devastating for a lot of people in Tasmania”.

Read more HERE.

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