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Confidence Returned in Local Oyster Industry

After a virus outbreak affected Coffin Bay oyster growers in November, confidence has returned in the local industry. 

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PIRSA closed the growing area after a spike in Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections, allowing time for businesses to put in measures to minimise any further risk from the virus.

Last month, SA Health allowed three companies to harvest and sell oysters from the Point Longnose Aquaculture Zone, with now the bulk of local producers cleared to start harvesting and selling their shellfish again. 

Chairman of the South Australian Oyster Growers Association, Rob Kerin, says getting back into the market wasn’t easy.

"There were some big losses from the recall earlier, but as far as getting back into the market it wasn't easy but through a lot of hard work, perseverance and a lot of help from the government we were actually able to get back up and going," he said. 

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