THE LEVY TO SUPPORT APPLIED BREEDING FOR POMS RESISTANCE
"I’m not against paying the $2.80/’000 seed levy as the alternatives aren’t available and the consequences of not having something in place are too horrible to think about. We know ASI are looking at survival with a view that includes POMS resistance while keeping the advances made in survival, growth commonality, meat to shell, shell shape and shell colour. Achieving POMS resistance may be vitally important to Industry and the hatcheries one day. Ditto SAMS and PSMS and whatever is next and what’s after that.
Without ASI we could of course adopt the French and New Zealand model of supply to the Farmers ‐ buy 3 or 4 times what they need and let POMS kill the rest. I’m just a little unsure that the hatcheries would only charge 25% of the current prices for supply. Maybe $2.80/’000 worth of insurance/investment in ASI (an industry based organisation – owned by us) would be cheaper?"
General Manager: Southern Cross Marine Culture and
managing the current purchases of over 15 million
Pacific Oyster seed per year for farming in
Tasmania, South Australia and NSW