HELPING HAND... Local oyster growers like Steve Bowley from Pacific Estate Oysters, Stansbury, will not have to pay boat ramp launching fees for the next two years after Yorke Peninsula Council voted in favour of removing the cost. The move is expected to lighten the load of growers as the industry is still recovering from the detection of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in Tasmanian hatcheries two years ago. HELPING HAND... Local oyster growers like Steve Bowley from Pacific Estate Oysters, Stansbury, will not have to pay boat ramp launching fees for the next two years after Yorke Peninsula Council voted in favour of removing the cost. The move is expected to lighten the load of growers as the industry is still recovering from the detection of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in Tasmanian hatcheries two years ago. PHOTO: Sonny Coombs

Oyster industry is given a boost

YORKE Peninsula Council has given the struggling oyster industry a pearl of hope.

Councillors moved to waive boat ramp launching fees for local oyster growers up to June 30, 2020, at its September meeting.

The detection of Pacific Oyster Mortlaity Syndrome in Tasmanian hatcheries, the main source of spat for South Australian growers, about two years ago and the subsequent import ban has had huge implications locally.

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