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Oyster Deaths Remain A Mystery

AUSTRALIA - The cause of a large number of oyster deaths that plagued Western Australia's pearling industry remains a mystery, despite months of tests by researchers.

The Department of Fisheries has studied 7,000 oysters from pearl farms and carried out 800 tests looking for disease.

The investigation was launched after a large number of deaths at nine farms in the Exmouth Gulf, in the state's north-west, in October last year.

Principal fish pathologist Brian Jones says the tests have not identified a cause for the deaths.

Source: ABC