Workshop on oyster herpes virus and biosecurity in Oban (with ASSG AGM) –

Workshop on oyster herpes virus and biosecurity in Oban (with ASSG AGM) Published:  02 April, 2013

The ASSG is organising a workshop to provide an update on current knowledge of the oyster herpes and its impacts in France, England and N. Ireland and to provide a forum to air our own concerns and to discuss best means to protect Scotland from this and other threats.

Speakers will include Dr Mike Gubbins of CEFAS talking on the oyster herpes situation in England, Fabrice Richez giving us the inside story from France while Martin Flanigan will tell us about what practical measures they are putting in place in N. Ireland including on-farm research methods. 

While oyster herpes tends to get most attention, a recent scientific publication from Marine Scotland Science gives a timely reminder that oysters are not the only species under threat since if Marteilia, now found in England, were to be introduced here, the effects could be far more catastrophic. 

One of the authors of this paper, Mar Marcos-Lopez from Marine Scotland Science will complete the programme of speakers talking on biosecurity and threats we need to keep well in mind. 

Janet Brown who will be chairing the workshop hopes that the speakers will provoke much debate from the audience with a view to deciding if any actions are necessary or whether awareness will suffice.  The workshop will be held in Oban, April 16th with registration from 9am and with the meeting starting at 10am.  Lunch will be provided and the AGM will follow at 14.30.

Non-members of the ASSG are also welcome to attend but there will be a charge for non-members of £20.  Please register your interest if a member, or register and pay if a non-member via the website

The full programme is attached in facsimile Grower style.  The electronic version of the Grower will be available for non-members soon but this gives an indication of what you may have been missing the past 3 weeks!

Precise venue in Oban will be announced once we have a better idea of numbers attending – so please register as soon as possible.