Tasmania’scrippled oyster industry has received further federal assistance as it attempts to recover from the outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS).
Agriculture and Water Resources Assistant Minister Anne Ruston announced funding of up to $984,000 for theAustralian Seafood Industriesto continue its Pacific oysters selective breeding program.
The programseeks to advance the industry with POMS-resistant oysters.
Senator Ruston said the funding was on top of earlier assistance of $1.47 million provided to the state government in April, as well asalmost $8 million of state assistance.
The funding announcement was welcomed by Oysters TasmaniaExecutive Officer Neil Stump.
“It’s one of the four key points in the Oyster TasmaniaPOMSresponse plan that we put to state and federal governments,” Mr Stump said.
“We’rereally pleased to see that need has been recognised and that the the fundingto support theprogram over the next 12 months has been provided,” he said.
“The only way we can efficiently combat the presenceof a disease like POMSis to breed family lines of oyster that are resistant to the disease,so we have no other option thanto go down this path anyway.”
The disease has affected six oyster growing regions in South-Eastern Tasmania, as well as a population of wild oysters in the Derwent estuary.
The Tasmanian state government’s efforts focused on immediate financial help anddeveloping a financial assistance package to ensure the long-term future of the industry in the state.
In February, the Tasmanian Government announced provision of immediate fee relief for all Tasmanian Pacific Oyster growers, which included waiving this year’s licence fees, the next lease rental fees, the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program levy and the Primary Produce Food Safety Accreditation Scheme fees worth about $1.6 million,” Primary Industries MinisterJeremy Rockliff said.
“We have also established a $5 million Oyster Recovery Loan Scheme to provide funding for stock recovery and clean-up of affected farms; to help re-start and re-develop hatcheries;provide POMS related infrastructure modifications and re-stock affected oyster farms.”
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