NSW state government to revive oyster industry

The NSW state government has announced plans to fund a new initiative to revive the state’s troubled oyster industry after it was riddled with disease earlier in the year.

The disease known as Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome devastated farmers in the Hawkesbury River region, killing a significant amount of stock and forcing 20 oyster farmers to leave the industry ABC Rural reports.

Kevin McAsh from NSW Farmers has welcomed the state government’s decision and says that the new funding will provide much needed assistance to the industry, ensuring that it gets back on its feet as soon as possible.

"What we want to do is get a hatchery up and running and get a manager in the there to have commercially available volumes of quality hatchery stock," he said.

"Now they're QX resistant…and hopefully in the future, we get some POMS resistance."


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