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Life on an oyster boat off South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula

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Source: ABC Rural Life on an oyster farm in Stansbury South Australia is picture perfect, as long as it’s not raining. Yorke Peninsula isn’t the state’s most famous oyster region, but producers here grow millions of oysters for farms on Eyre Peninsula and the west coast – areas synonymous with the seafood favourites. “The majority […]

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Taking a hammer to Pacific oysters on the NSW far south coast

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Source: ABC Rural Oyster farmers on the far south coast of New South Wales are taking to Pacific Oyster populations with small hammers, trying to ‘kill off’ the pest before they spawn. The commercial farmers who operate on Pambula Lake, producing the indigenous Sydney Rock oyster are vehemently opposed to the introduced species. A number […]

Australia’s Talking Oysters – Episode 5

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Bruce Zippel Watch Bruce’s segment On behalf of Oysters Australia, I would like to sincerely thank Rachel King for her time as our Executive Officer and as you may be aware Rachel has resigned from that position and is now moving on to bigger and better things in the future. I would like to congratulate […]

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Oyster herpes killing scores of bivalves around the world

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Source: nydailynews.com The virus can’t be transmitted to humans but has a nearly 100% mortality rate among Pacific oysters. Ostreid herpesvirus-1 microvariant, which is also called Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS), has been known to wipe out 10 million mollusks in three days and poses a threat to the global oyster industry, according to a […]

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Killer herpes virus threatens $4 billion oyster industry

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Source: Centralmaine Oyster herpes doesn’t harm people but a mutation has turned it from being an occasional oyster nuisance to an oyster killer in unprecedented proportions. MELBOURNE, Australia — Herpes has devastated 26 percent of France’s oyster production since the summer of 2008. Halfway around the world in Australia, the virus killed 10 million oysters […]