The NSW state government has announced the plan to fund a new initiative to revive the state’s troubled oyster industry after it was riddled with disease earlier in the year.
The disease known as Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome devastated farmers in the Hawkesbury River region, killing a significant amount of stock and forcing 20 oyster farmers to leave the industry ABC Rural reports.
Kevin McAsh from NSW Farmers has welcomed the state government’s decision and says that the new funding will provide much needed assistance to get the industry up and running again.
"What we want to do is get a hatchery up and running and get a manager in the there to have commercially available volumes of quality hatchery stock," he said.
"Now they're QX resistant...and hopefully in the future, we get some POMS resistance."