PIRSA advises Port River users that the ban on removing bivalve shellfish has been expanded to include all waters in the Port River system from West Lakes to Port Gawler, including Section Bank. Bivalve shellfish such as oysters, mussels, cockles and razorfish must not be taken from the Port River area for any purpose, including bait or berley.
The ban was introduced in February 2018 following the detection of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) virus in feral Pacific Oysters in the Port River. There are no human health concerns associated with POMS, however the virus causes rapid and high mortality rates in farmed Pacific Oysters and if spread poses a significant threat to South Australia’s commercial oyster growing industry.
How you can help prevent the spread of POMS:
- Adhere to the ban on removing bivalve shellfish from all waters in the Port River system from West Lakes to Port Gawler, including Section Bank.
- Never use seafood sold for human consumption as bait or berley.
- Clean hulls before leaving for new locations to reduce the risk of marine pests being transported on hulls spreading to other waterways.
- Regularly inspect and clean areas prone to biofouling. Check areas including internal sea water systems, anodes, docking strips, sea chests, pipe openings, propellers, shafts and rudders.
- Remember to dry and or 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.
If you see anything unusual (such as an aquatic pest or species you’ve never seen before) report it to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522.
Visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/poms for more information.