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AVG Update: Dive Crew Collects Samples

AUSTRALIA - After being hampered for several days by bad weather, a dive crew from the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI) today collected abalone samples from the east coast site that was the source of fish infected with the disease Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) reported last week.

According to a Tasmanian Government news release, the General Manager of Biosecurity and Integrity Division, Department of Primary Industries and Water, Alex Schaap, said that these new samples will be given high priority for testing at both the DPIW Mt Pleasant laboratory and the Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong as soon as they can be processed.

“Staff have been busy today managing sample collections, dealing with industry enquires and implementing the movement and fishing restrictions introduced over recent days,” Mr Schaap said.

“No further findings have been made today with no DNA test results coming in today from Geelong and no positive findings from histological examinations of samples at Mt Pleasant.

We expect further test results to come in during the course of the week and hope to have enough results by Friday to discuss with industry and make a more informed decision about any ongoing management measures.”

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