Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) - Declaration of Control Area

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Control Area Declaration

At the time POMS was detected in the State, a Control Area was declared for the whole of Tasmania under the Animal Health Act 1995 restricting the movement of oysters and animal materials and conveyances used in the production of oysters. The declaration has now transitioned under the Biosecurity Act 2019 and remains in force as a Control Zone under section 177. 

Importantly, movement of oysters for human consumption and for laboratory testing are not restricted.

(Note: harvest closures may be applied by ShellMAP Regulatory Services under the Shellfish Market Access Program which focuses on food safety.)

A general permit has been issued allowing oysters and associated equipment to be moved within individual production areas to allow for movement of boats to and from leases etc  All other movements will require a permit. 

Copies of the POMS Declaration of Control Area and the Notice of Restrictions are available for download below:

 POMS: AHA Control Area Declaration (PDF 79Kb)

 POMS: AHA s40 Restrictions (PDF 181Kb)


Movement Restrictions

The factsheet below explains the movement restrictions that are in force under the Control Area Declaration:

 POMS: Movement Restrictions in Tasmania Factsheet (PDF 96Kb)


Movement Permit Applications 

A Movement Permit allows the holder, or a person under the direction of the holder of the Permit, to move specified oysters and/or associated equipment from one identified place to another within Tasmania. The permit states the specific conditions by which the movement is authorised. 

Oyster producers (excluding hatcheries) wishing to move their stock and/or oyster growing equipment between growing areas no longer need to apply for an individual movement permit. Most oyster movements are now allowed to occur in accordance with the Group Permit that has been issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer under the Biosecurity Act 2019.
Only movements that do not increase risk of infection are allowed to occur.

Note: Hatcheries wishing to move oyster stock, spat or seed are still required to hold a valid individual movement permit prior to the movement taking place.
To apply for a Movement Permit, complete an Application for a Movement Permit form providing relevant details about the proposed activity and email the completed form to:

Applicants are asked to allow five (5) working days for a permit to be processed and issued. Usually permits are issued well within this period, however this is dependent on demand.

Further information​


Biosecurity Tasmania - POMS Permits & Enquiries

13 St Johns Avenue,
New Town, TAS, 7008.