POMS Virus Detected in the Port River
have advised us of the presence of POMS virus in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River in February 2018. At this stage POMS has not been detected in South Australian oyster farming areas.
PIRSA is working with key fishing and aquaculture sectors and boat owners to ensure vessels are clean and to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
To reduce the risk of POMS spreading, PIRSA has implemented a ban on the removal of all bivalve shellfish (oysters, mussels, cockles) from the Port River until further notice. Bivalves should not be taken from the Port River area for any purpose including bait or berley.
Fishers and boat operators can help stop the spread of POMS by ensuring they follow these steps before their vessels leave the Port River for other areas of the State.
Ensure vessel hulls are clean and remove plants and animals from fishing and boating equipment and clothing so you don’t transfer pests and diseases to other waterways. Where possible, wash boats and equipment with light household detergent, rinse with tap water without letting the water drain into waterways, and importantly dry completely before moving to another waterway. General guidelines for good vessel cleaning practices can be found on PIRSA website www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/aquatics/biofouling_and_ballast_water
PIRSA will continue to monitor and test oysters in the Port River, and any other possible areas of risk. All strategies to mitigate the risk of spread of the virus are being investigated.
Please contact PIRSA directly with any enquiries on 1800 065 522. Find out more on the PIRSA website http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/aquaculture/aquatic_animal_health/pacific_oyster_mortality_syndrome/port_river_outbreak_2018_feral_oysters