Advice - Env
Cape Bridgewater, Portland West
message is being issued for Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson areas.
you need to know about AVG
- This Advice message replaces the Advice issued on 28 September 2021.
- A Control Area
restricting fishing, diving, snorkelling
and boating in waters off Portland has been lifted.
- However, aquatic users as
asked to please avoid diving, hoop netting and fishing with a weighted line and
anchoring your boat in the area indicated.
- The Control Area was
put in place by Agriculture Victoria and the Victorian Fisheries Authority in
May following a detection of Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG), known
as abalone disease.
- The orders
were in place to prevent people unknowingly spreading the virus on boats and
equipment, while surveillance to understand the extent of the disease was
- The Control Area
spanned from a kilometre west of Cape Bridgewater Lookout to Cape Grant in the
- Aquatic users can help
reduce the risk of pests and diseases spreading by following the steps of
Check, Clean and Dry:
- Check all vessels,
fishing, diving and surfing equipment and remove anything including water, sand
and seaweed. Also, remember to check your catch for signs of disease.
- Clean boats at home or
at a commercial carwash. Wash wetsuits, fishing and diving equipment with
fresh, soapy water.
- Dry all boating,
fishing and diving equipment completely before heading out into the water
- A Fisheries Notice is
now in place which makes it illegal to use abalone as bait, or to dispose of
abalone shell or gut back into the ocean, anywhere in Victoria.
- A second Fisheries Notice sets
an Aquaculture protection zone in place within 500m around the Yumbah facility.
No fishing, boating, or diving, is allowed in this area.
- If abalone
disease is detected, Agriculture Victoria and the Victorian Fisheries Authority
will assess the outbreak in terms of surveillance and the approaches required.
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.
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
- 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 26/10/2021 03:30 pm or as the situation
Use multiple sources to stay
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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.
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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.