POMS was first detected in Tasmania on 1 February 2016. For more information on the Tasmanian outbreak, see the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
The detection led to ban on the movement of live Pacific Oysters, oyster spat and used farming equipment originating from Tasmania into South Australia. This ban is necessary to ensure the disease doesn’t enter SA and is still in place.
South Australian licensed Fish Processors have been notified of the ban and asked not to purchase, receive or open any live Pacific Oysters originating from Tasmania during the standstill. More information is available in the fact sheet for fish processors - Oyster livestock standstill February 2019 ().
To date, samples from South Australia's eight oyster growing regions have not detected the virus that causes the disease, however the ban is a vital step in protecting South Australia’s oyster industry and applies to all live Pacific Oyster sourced from Tasmania. Non-living oysters, including those that are frozen or half shelled, can be brought into South Australia.
South Australian oyster farmers previously received regular consignments of oyster spat from well-established hatcheries in Tasmania and the movement ban has resulted in a shortfall of spat to the South Australian industry.
PIRSA and the South Australia Oyster Growers Association are working together to address the issues associated with the outbreak of POMS in Tasmania through a dedicated specialist working group established by PIRSA when the outbreak first occurred. This effort is focused on not only ensuring the disease doesn’t enter SA, but re-establishing spat supply.
POMS is a notifiable disease and must be immediately reported.
Report suspicion of POMS to Fishwatch: 1800 065 522.