Advice - Env
Cape Bridgewater, Portland, Portland West
message is being issued for Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson areas.
you need to know about AVG
- An outbreak of Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis has been detected in wild abalone in the
- 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.
- Effective Saturday 3 July, the Control Area has
been expanded about one kilometre west to allow a small buffer from the new
detection sites. The new Control Area spans from about a kilometre west of Cape Bridgewater
Lookout to Cape
Grant in the east with restrictions in
place. Narrawong area has a Fisheries Notice in place, please see VFA website.
- 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 now spans from about a kilometre west of Cape Bridgewater
Lookout to Cape Sir William Grant in the east.
- Cape Grant through to
Narrawong including Portland and Discovery Bay are no longer included in the
- A precautionary
Fisheries Notice remains in place at which restricts fishing, boating and
diving 500m around the aquaculture farm near Narrawong. Disease has not been
detected on any Victorian Aquaculture sites. For more information, visit the
- In the Control Area, you
can take your boat out or through (provided you do not anchor), fish with a line without a sinker, swim,
surf or paddleboard.
- 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.
- All abalone, rock
lobsters, sea urchins and other aquatic invertebrates can’t be collected,
whether live or dead. Boats, vessels and fishing equipment cannot be anchored
in the Control Area, however a vessel can move through the area provided it
does not stop. Any movement of abalone out of the Control Area must have a
permit. Diving is also prohibited 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).
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.
To help prevent the
spread of disease you should:
- How AVG spreads:
How 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
- 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
- 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
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 30/07/2021 06:00 pm or as the situation
Use multiple sources to stay
The following services can
help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
- To access this information in other languages call the Translating
and Interpreting Service on 131
450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
- If you are deaf, hard of
hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National
Relay Service on 1800 555 677
and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.