INDEPENDENT NEWS

Bluff bliss for Rugby World Cup visitors

Published: Mon 29 Aug 2011 05:06 PM
Phil Heatley
29 August, 2011
Bluff bliss for Rugby World Cup visitors
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Phil Heatley says a one-off extension to the Bluff oyster season will give Rugby World Cup supporters the chance to savour one of New Zealand’s most treasured delicacies.
"We have a relatively short timeframe to showcase the best of New Zealand produce to the many thousands of visitors who will be visiting our shores during the Rugby World Cup. Issuing a special permit to commercial fishers to run from 5 September to 23 October will give visitors the chance to taste some of the best oysters in the world," says Mr Heatley.
The Bluff Oyster Management Company, applied for the special permit to extend the season on behalf of the oyster industry. It will manage the season on behalf of quota holders.
Without this extension the oyster season ended for both recreational and commercial fishers on 31 August, just prior to the start of the Cup.
The permit runs over the two months of the Cup through to 23 October 2011, and avoids the peak spawning period for oysters from November through summer. Should spawning take place earlier than expected the terms of the special permit allows for oyster fishing to stop.
"The sustainability of the fishery was a key concern when considering this special permit. Any additional catch will actually be taken from within the existing total allowable commercial catch for oysters, which was set to ensure sustainability," says Mr Heatley.
The extension applies only to commercial fishing. The recreational season for Bluff oysters is unchanged and closes on 31 August.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Next Steps To Improve Safety In Wake Of Whakaari White Island Tragedy
By: New Zealand Government
Expert Group Appointed To Lead New Zealand’s Future Health System
By: New Zealand Government
Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
By: Green Party
Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
By: New Zealand Government
Govt parks the expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
By: New Zealand Government
Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Bay Of Plenty District Health Board Chair Sharon Shea Appointed Co-Chair Of The Māori Health Authority
By: Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Senior Doctors Call For Strong Clinical Voice To Lead Health Reforms
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
NZMA Welcomes Health System Board Appointments
By: NZMA
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media