Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus was detected in the Port River system in early 2018. As a result, a ban on removing any bivalve shellfish (oysters, mussels, cockles and razorfish) was introduced. This ban has been extended to 13 December 2020. No bivalve shellfish can be removed for any purpose, including for bait or berley.
Information can be found on the PIRSA website
How you can help prevent the spread of POMS:
- Clean vessels hulls before leaving for new locations to reduce the risk of marine pests and diseases spreading to other waterways.
- Regularly inspect and clean areas prone to biofouling. Check niche areas including internal sea water systems, anodes, docking strips, sea chests, pipe openings, propellers, shafts and rudders.
- Remember to dry and maintain your equipment. Allow 48 hours to dry and remove entangled seaweed and other organisms from ropes, anchors, buoys and other equipment etc.
- Re-apply or apply suitable antifouling coating to the hull and cavities exposed to seawater before the coating’s lifespan expires, particularly for boats that remain in the water for extended periods.
- Never use seafood sold for human consumption as bait or berley.
- Report anything unusual (such as an aquatic pest or species you’ve never seen before) to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522.