Group conferences are being held in Southland this week as a part of the biosecurity response to a lethal oyster parasite in Foveaux Strait.
The response was prompted after three wild oysters had been discovered to be contaminated with Bonamia ostreae in March. The parasite doesn’t pose any meals security danger however can kill flat oysters, placing the whole Bluff oyster commerce in danger.
In latest weeks scientists at NIWA have been testing greater than 2000 oysters taken from 15 websites within the Strait, to raised perceive the extent of the latest menace.
The Ministry for Major Industries stated the sampling was based mostly on a scientific plan focusing on the gathering of oysters from areas within the Strait that symbolize completely different habitats, environmental components and oyster traits.
It stated a few of the outcomes could be shared at neighborhood conferences, which had been being held in Bluff on Thursday and Rakiura/Stewart Island on Friday. Representatives from Biosecurity New Zealand, Fisheries New Zealand and NIWA could be attending.
“This assembly will present an replace on our newest surveillance testing of oysters from Foveaux Strait and we’ll use it as a possibility to listen to from you on the way you’d prefer to be concerned in planning for the way forward for the oyster trade and the well being of the enduring Bluff oyster,” the ministry stated.
In addition to the 2 neighborhood conferences, there would even be a closed assembly for the fishing sector, together with quota holders, iwi and native authorities.
“This assembly can be by invitation and is for the group, we beforehand met on March 26 when the detection in Foveaux Strait oysters was first introduced.”
The conferences can be held on 10 June, 5pm on the Bluff Rugby Clubrooms (141 Foyle Road) and 11 June, 11am at Stewart Island Group Centre (10 Ayr Road, Oban).