12 December 2018
Port River users are being reminded of the ban on removing bivalve shellfish from the Port River system.
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.
The closure area has recently been extended to include all waters in the Port River system from West Lakes to Port Gawler, including Section Bank. See above map
Bivalve shellfish such as oysters, mussels, cockles and razorfish should not be taken from the Port River area for any purpose, including bait or berley.
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.
You can help protect our oyster industry by:
Please visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/poms for more information, including a detailed map showing the locations subject to the ban on bivalve shellfish removal and frequently asked questions.