Scott Bolles

Pacific oyster mortality syndrome has wiped out millions of oysters in the Hawkesbury River but it won't have a major impact on the consumer's  hip pocket, according to seafood industry heavyweights.

''It's a significant and sad loss for the oyster growers but the volume coming out of there is small compared to the overall market. We'll just get them from other areas,'' says the owner of De Costi Seafoods, George Costi.

Seafood consultant John Susman agrees: ''The Hawkesbury has never recovered its place as the powerhouse of oyster supply it had in the 1970s and '80s. It's more of a tragedy for the oyster farmers."