MPI says wild southern oyster stocks not hit by deadly parasite

The Ministry for Primary Industries says testing of wild flat oyster stocks in Foveaux Strait fisheries showed the Bonamia ostreae parasite was not present in any shellfish.

The parasite was discovered in May in fisheries on Stewart Island, and a large-scale cull was ordered.

The MPI said that appeared to be a smart move, as the wild stocks there now appear to have avoided the parasite.

MPI director of readiness and response Geoff Gwyn said surveillance of oyster fisheries has been stepped up from bi-annually to four times per year.

The oyster industry in the far south is desperate to know how a potentially devastating parasite ended up in their waters. Source: 1 NEWS

"Continued surveillance will ensure the ministry can move quickly if a new infection appears in the future," he said.

Bonamia ostreae can devastate oyster stocks quickly, and it has been in New Zealand since at least 2015 when it was found in shellfish in Marlborough Sounds and Nelson.

Removal of oysters from Big Glory Bay finished on September 6, MPI said, but removal is still taking place in Marlborough.

Bonamia ostreae was discovered in Stewart Island's Big Glory Bay in May, promoting a massive cull. Source: 1 NEWS



No charges to be laid over Dunedin Six60 gig balcony collapse, police say

Police have today confirmed they will not press any criminal charges over the collapse of a balcony during a Six60 gig in Dunedin in 2016.

The balcony collapsed on March 4 during the concert after up to 18 people crowded on to the structure, which was only meant to hold eight people.

Police said original reports of people jumping up and down on the balcony had been proven to be incorrect.

The Prime Minister says people need to learn what went wrong at the Six60 concert. Source: Breakfast

They said the construction and materials used in the balcony did not contribute to its collapse, and said they have provided a report to MBIE on that aspect.

Seventeen people were taken to hospital after a Dunedin orientation concert ended in disaster. Source: 1 NEWS


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