MALI STON, Croatia — Oyster farming is the pleasure of this small metropolis in the south of Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast. But tasting the famed native delicacy won’t be a very good suggestion in the interim.
Authorities have detected norovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, in components of the Mali Ston bay — triggering shock and alarm among the many many breeders.
The standard oyster-tasting feast in March has been canceled and fears are mounting of large financial losses to the realm those who harvests about 3 million oysters yearly.
Experts are pointing their fingers on the outdated sewage system in the world that has seen a rise in the numbers of vacationers flocking to Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast.
“I am really sorry but people themselves are to blame that something like this happened,” outlined Vlado Onofri from the Institute for Marine and Coastal Research in shut by Dubrovnik. “It’s something that has to be solved in the future.”
While some stomach bugs might be eradicated with cooking, norovirus survives at comparatively extreme temperatures.
“The problem with oysters is that they are eaten raw,” Onofri acknowledged.
Stunned locals recognized their oysters are well-known for high quality — a 1936 award from a London worldwide exhibition nonetheless hangs on the wall in Svetan Pejic’s La Koruna restaurant in Mali Ston.
“Our oyster here is really a special oyster … and this is the only place (in the world) where it can be found,” he insisted. “Everyone wants to take our oysters and try to breed them elsewhere.”
Navigating the oyster fields in their small boats, the farmers proudly current visitors rows and rows of oyster-filled underwater farm beds spreading by way of the bay.
Top municipal official Vedran Antunica questioned the idea that the native sewage system was in cost for the outbreak.
“Viruses are everywhere, now as we speak, the air is full of viruses,” Antunica acknowledged. “We had the same sewage system in the past, so why wasn’t it (norovirus) recorded? What has changed?”