Pacific oyster mortality syndrome hits

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News that no Oyster Farm wants to here, tests in late January confirmed that the Pacific oyster mortality syndrome had reached the Hawkesbury’s tributary, Mullet Creek, the local industry’s nursery for juvenile stock.

In this audio interview below, Oyster farmer John Stubbs explains the deadly impact of the heatwave in late January which may have killed millions of pacific oysters in the Hawkesbury.

2 Responses to "Pacific oyster mortality syndrome hits"
  1. Don says:

    A useful research link is to Oyster Health Sydney at

    This comes to you from the Aquatic Animal Health team in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. We hope you enjoy this site, the opportunity it provides to view our research, and the means it gives you to offer advice, comments and suggestions to assist our research program.

    We believe that healthy oysters are central to a sustainable oyster industry. But how do you assess health, and what factors determine whether a healthy batch will remain healthy in the presence of disease threats? How does the environment affect the immune system of the oyster? How can oysters be managed to minimise the risk of losses due to infectious diseases? These are some of the questions we will try to answer in our multidisciplinary research program.

    We work closely with oyster growers and this gives us great insight because of accumulated knowledge about the best methods for oyster farming. Implicitly this includes many valuable practices to avoid common diseases. Unfortunately the emergence of new diseases in the last few decades has changed the game and stimulated a search for new solutions. This is where science and research must step up to meet the challenge.

    Australia currently faces a scourge due to Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS), which is associated with a viral infection. This blog will be focussed for some time on the POMS need – please see the page “Our POMS research“. The principles we use in this research are common to most disease threats, and we will not loose sight of other important problems. In New South Wales this means QX disease and winter mortality syndrome. Over time we hope to discover how they tick!

  2. James says:

    Our thoughts go out toJohn and the boys in the Hawkesbury.
    An obvious terrible position to be in, but congratulations to the way the Broken Bay group has responded to POMS.
    As per normal, The Hawkesbury growers have shown their passion for their river and also great industry commitment by offering to share their experience with other regions/states to allow for emergency respose planning.
    Although it does not help, we are thinking of the Hawkesbury farmers and admire their spirit and dedication.
    Hoping for a brighter future.

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