ANNUAL REPORT 2017
ASI: 24th October, 2017
ASI NEW NEWSLETTER ONLINE
ASI: 14th June, 2017
SUPER OYSTER: THE OYSTER THAT COULD SAVE TASMANIA'S INDUSTRY
ABC News: 23rd May, 2017
Tasmania's Pacific Oyster industry has gone through hell and back over the past 14 months. The Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) wiped out two thirds of the $26 million industry. Scientists are providing some light at the end of this very bleak period, developing a super oyster that will hopefully withstand the next outbreak in Tasmania. Oyster farmers around the nation are holding their collective breath.
TASMANIA 'SUPER OYSTER' PROGRAM SET TO FIGHT CRIPPLING MORTALITY SYNDROME
ABC News: 21st May, 2017
Tasmania's $26 million oyster industry has new hope, with scientists testing a "super oyster" in waters hit by the deadly Pacific oyster mortality syndrome (POMS).
TURNING THE TIDE AGAINST A DEADLY OYSTER VIRUS
CSIRO ECOS: 3rd May, 2017
In 2007, France’s Pacific oyster industry was all but wiped out by Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS), a disease that is harmless to humans but so lethal to oysters that it can kill more than 90 per cent of a crop of millions of animals within days.
ASI NEW NEWSLETTER ONLINE
ASI: 11th November, 2016
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AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST SHELLFISH HATCHERY RE-STARTS OYSTER SUPPLY THREE MONTHS AFTER ARRIVAL OF POMS IN TASMANIA
ABC Rural: 10th April, 2016
Australia's largest shellfish hatchery is starting to re-supply the Tasmanian oyster industry with spat, three months after the arrival of the deadly Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) in the state. Read more here...
PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL ENJOYS AN UNUSUAL BREAKFAST OF OYSTERS IN HOBART
ABC Rural: 28th April, 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop both had an unusual breakfast while visiting Hobart this morning. "It was also a good chance to have a talk to the Prime Minister about how POMS has affected the Tasmanian oyster industry." Prime Oysters managing director James Calvert. Read more here...
GOVERNMENT BAILOUT FOR TASMANIAN OYSTER FARMERS STRUGGLING AFTER POMS OUTBREAK
ABC News: 4th April, 2016
Tasmanian oyster growers devastated by the outbreak of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) will have access to a $7.6 million recovery package. Read more here...
INDUSTRY RIDING ON SUPER OYSTER
Mercury: 28th of February, 2016
ABOUT 30,000 oysters bred to be genetically resistant to a devastating disease have been released into Tasmanian waters for the first time. “Selectively bred POMS-resistant oysters are essential for the long-term survival of the industry,” ASI general manager Matt Cunningham said. Read more here...
Landline: 24th February, 2016
MATT CUNNINGHAM: ...our funding model isn't probably going to deliver what we need to be able to do the job and how do we supplement that?" And through research grants, through support from governments...that's got to happen to enable the work to go forward that we're doing because it's absolutely crucial to getting an industry rebuilt to somewhere near where it was prior to two weeks ago. Read more here...
POMS - RESISTANT OYSTERS PROVIDE A FUTURE FOR THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY, SAY MARINE RESEARCHERS
ABC Rural: 18th of February, 2016
Significant resistance to the deadly virus has been shown in oysters developed by Australian Seafood Industries (ASI), after their exposure to Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in Tasmania. Read more here...
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OYSTERS BEING BRED TO RESIST DEVASTATING PACIFIC OYSTER MORTALITY SYNDROME
ABC: 28th of October, 2015
Australia's oyster growers are being told to expect oysters bred to withstand a deadly virus by 2018. POMS, or Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome, arrived in Australia in 2012, decimating the oyster industry around Sydney. Read more here...
2014 BREEDING SEASON SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED
ASI: 28th of January, 2015
The 2014 breeding season has successfully concluded. The focus for this season's breeding run was in line with the ASI Industry Reference Group's recommendations: POMS resistance and oyster resilience (resilience is defined as survival and fitness in POMS resistant lines and overall). This breeding season has been very important in being able to achieve our target level of POMS resistance as well as general resilience across the board. For the first time ASI has successfully used 1 year old male broodstock, which will hopefully lead to greatly increased genetic gains. A total of 80 families have been reared through to settlement and have now been distributed to trial sites.
A NEW BOARD; A NEW ERA FOR ASI
ASI: 18th of May, 2015
As part of the POMS breeding levy ASI committed to strengthening governance by appointment of a skills based board. A competitive process was undertaken to appoint a new Independent Chair and 2 Independent Directors. Whilst the calibre of applicants was very high the decision of the selection committee was unanimous as was the ratification of the interim board. To complete the new board the ASI Shareholder organisations TORC and SAORC/SAOGA were asked to nominate an industry based director.
NEW LEVY TO HELP FIGHT OYSTER MORTALITY SYNDROME
Food Magazine: 10th of December, 2014
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will allow Australian Seafood Industries (ASI) to collect a levy, in conjunction with hatcheries, on the purchase of Pacific oyster spat for up to 10 years. The levy will enable ASI to undertake research into developing spat with resistance to the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS). Read more here...
ACCC EXPANDS ON OYSTER SPAT LEVY PROPOSAL
Food Magazine: 16th of October, 2014
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a draft determination proposing to allow Australian Seafood Industries (ASI) to collect a levy, in conjunction with hatcheries, on the purchase of Pacific oyster spat. Read more here...
PACIFIC OYSTER FARMERS TO PAY LEVY FOR RESEARCH INTO DEVASTATING POMS VIRUS
ABC: 20th of August, 2014
Producers of Pacific Oysters will pay a levy to research fighting a virus which is leaving whole farms decimated.The Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome or POMS virus has been particularly devastating on the New South Wales central coast. Read more here...
SEAFOOD COMPANY BREEDS A SOLUTION TO DEVASTATING PACIFIC OYSTER DISEASE
The Lead: 10th of June, 2014
AUSTRALIAN Seafood Industries (ASI), owned by South Australian and Tasmania peak oyster organisations, is developing a solution to the devastating Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome disease (POMS). Read more here...