The South Australian Government has announced it will no longer supply juvenile oysters to growers, stating the local industry can now provide for itself.
The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) had been supplying oyster larvae, also known as Spat, since 2016 after Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) was detected within suppliers in Tasmania.
Four commercial hatcheries in the Eyre Peninsula will now take most of the load, which Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone has called a major milestone in the sustainability of the oyster farming industry.
"I praise the efforts of growers and [the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia]
in working together to address the challenges associated with the spat supply shortage,” said Minister
The change, however, has also been met with some criticism.
One grower in Stansbury has questioned the experience, quality and supply of spat in providing for much of the state, as well as criticising the Governments lack of fallback in case of another POMS outbreak.