Abalone ban a precaution, McEwen says

by 5m Editor
22 June 2006, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - The South Australian Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister says the decision to prohibit the movement of abalone from Victorian hatcheries into South Australia is merely a cautionary one. Victoria has shut four abalone farms and a 10 kilometre stretch of coastline to abalone divers, after the discovery of the ganglioneuritis virus. Rory McEwen met the Abalone Council of Australia yesterday as part of moves to formulate a national response. He says in the meantime, the South Australian industry needs to be protected. &quot;There&#39;s no point in hypothesising about what may or may not happen,&quot; he said. &quot;Importantly, we&#39;ve got to make sure that we&#39;re not exposing either the aquaculture industry or the wild stock to risk.&quot; <i>Source:</i>

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