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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Wednesday 23 June 2021

Abalone disease re-occurs in wild abalone in Victoria


The abalone disease Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) has recently re-occurred in wild abalone in Victoria, and was subsequently found in abalone kept in tanks in some retailers in New South Wales (NSW). 

Victoria has implemented restrictions to assist with limiting the spread of disease. In NSW, actions are underway to eradicate the infection from affected premises.
AVG is a viral disease which affects the nervous system of abalone, resulting in weakness and death of the shellfish. It only affects abalone species and there are no known or likely impacts for human health.
While AVG has not been reported in WA abalone, if introduced, it could have a severe impact on WA’s important commercial, recreational and aquaculture abalone sectors.
To prevent introduction of AVG into WA, the import of live abalone into WA from Victoria and other states is not permitted. It is also illegal to use abalone meat or any abalone material as fishing bait in WA.
For more information about what to look out for, how to report, and what you can do to help protect WA, download our factsheet or visit our alerts page.


Last modified: 23/06/2021 2:01 PM

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