Advice - Env
Victoria's South West
message is being issued for Cape
Bridgewater, Cape Nelson and Portland areas.
What you need to know about AVG
- An outbreak of Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) has been detected in wild abalone in the
state’s South West.
- This warning is
relevant for recreational and commercial fishers, boaters and divers.
- AVG is a viral disease which affects the nervous system of
abalone and results in curling of the foot, swelling of the mouth, leading to
weakness and death of abalone.
- The Chief Veterinary Officer's previously declared control area now
extends west to lower Cape Bridgewater to past Narrawong in the east, where
fishing and boating restrictions are in place.
- There is no known
health risk. Abalone is still safe
for human consumption.
AVG is a notifiable disease. If any divers suspect AVG in
abalone, please report it immediately to the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease
Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.
What you should do:
- Follow the control orders. The control area has been extended
west, and now spans from lower Cape Bridgewater area, across Bridgewater Bay to
the east past Narrawong and extends to variable distances offshore.
- In the control area,
you can’t fish from shore or boat using sinkers, use weighted commercial
fishing or abalone equipment, use hoop nets, bait traps, hauling nets and
abalone levers for recreational fishing. Line fishing without a sinker attached is
allowed in the control area.
- If you suspect AVG in abalone, please report it immediately to
the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.
- If you think someone has contravened the control order, you
can ring the Fisheries offence reporting line on 133 474 (13 FISH).
Signs of the disease in abalone may include:
- A swollen mouth with or without a protruding inner mouth part
and a curled footpad. Affected abalone displaying disease symptoms die.
How AVG spreads:
- AVG can spread through the water from infected abalone or
abalone product (offal, shells or mucus), fishing equipment (including
wetsuits, anchors, rock lobster pots and ropes) and via people who have come
into contact with infected abalone or bottom habitat.
To help prevent the
spread of disease you should:
- Follow the restrictions in the control area, which have been put
in place to stop the possible transfer of the disease by human activity to
abalone in other Victorian waters currently not affected.
- Ensure good hygiene practices in and out of the water to stop
the spread of aquatic diseases and marine pests, including washing fishing
equipment, wet suits, dive equipment and vessels.
Protecting your health:
are no risks to human health.
This message was
issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer of Victoria
The next update is
expected by 30/06/2021 12:00 pm or as the situation
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help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
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and Interpreting Service on 131
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hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National
Relay Service on 1800 555 677
and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.