We’koqma’q man discovers potential Oyster virus cure
Joe Googoo checks his oysters on MacDonald’s Pond with his loyal assistant Ni’tap, which is the Mi’kmaq word for “My Little Friend.”
-by Brad Chandler
A Waycobah man believes he may have found a strategy that can save oysters from a virus that wiped out 95 per cent of the Bras d’Or oyster population in 2002.
Joe Googoo, a near five-decade-long oyster agriculturist believes the strategy he has been using to grow oysters can save them from the MSX virus that is responsible for killing 90 per cent of the oysters it infects.
“The method I use is really good. It works for me so it should work for everyone...if you do everything right, it will work every time,” said Googoo.