Oyster farming secret cracked

09/09/2013

Bluff Oyster Co says it’s cracked the secret to farming oysters for export:

A Bluff oyster company says it has cracked the secret to farming the Bluff oyster for export.

But the company, which is based in the old Ocean Beach meatworks in the port town, will not be ready to start production until it finds suitable waters to finish off the oysters.

New Zealand’s Bluff Oyster Co general manager Rodney Clark said they would then be ready to produce millions of oysters for the world market.

Mr Clark, who has been involved in the Southland fishing industry for 25 years, said he started pioneering the project a decade ago.

The hatchery and nursery were now “perfected” and ready to produce millions of oyster spat and adult-sized oysters for export, he said. . .

This is good news for oyster lovers all over the world.

I’m not among them but accept the verdict of oyster lovers that the Bluff ones are the best.

“This has the potential, with the right support in the southern region, to produce hundreds of new jobs but it will need support from councils and local government,” he said.

Targeting the export market would avoid flooding the New Zealand market and help to protect the existing wild Bluff oyster industry, Mr Clark said.

The oysters would be grown in the hatchery before moving into Bluff Harbour. But the harbour is not “certified waters” so the oysters would need to be moved to other certified waters approved for the sale of shellfish for export.

New Zealand’s Bluff Oyster Co is working with Southern Clams, which is based in Dunedin.

Southern Clams operations manager Dave Redshaw said he was in the process of applying for a resource consent to finish the Bluff oysters in Otago Harbour.

The farmed Bluff oysters would be moved to the harbour for two weeks to cleanse before meeting export standard, he said.

The Otago Regional Council had rejected two applications because of insufficient information, but the company expected to present its third application next month, he said. . .

The ODT is running a Stand Up Otago campaign which is supported by the ORC and Dunedin City Council.

Having a how-can-we-help attitude rather than a you-have-to-do-this one from councils plays an important part in business development.

I’m not suggesting they should break any rules, just that they need to ensure the rules they have are necessary and that applicants are helped to comply with them.

The south needs all the jobs it can get and councils must ensure they’re not putting unnecessary hurdles in the way of businesses which could crate them.


December 3 in history

03/12/2009

On December 3:

1838  Octavia Hill, British housing and open-space activist, was born.

1842 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist, was born.

1854 – Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 gold miners at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia were killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.

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The ‘Eureka Flag, flown during the rebellion

1857  Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer, was born.

1863 the land confiscation law was passed, allowing for the confiscation (raupatu) of Maori land as punishment of those North Island tribes who were deemed to have been in rebellion against the British Crown in the early 1860s.

1904 The Jovian moon Himalia was discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine at California’s Lick Observatory.

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1917 The Quebec Bridge opened to traffic.

1927 Andy Williams, American singer, was born.

1948 Ozzy Osbourne, English singer, was born.

1949 Mickey Thomas, American singer (Jefferson Starship),was born.

1960 Bluff Harbour opened.

1951  Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man), was born.

1952  Mel Smith, English comedian, was born.

1967 At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).

1973 Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter.

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1976  Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer, was born.

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1976 Mark Boucher, South African cricketer, was born.

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1984  Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killed more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.

1997  representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines.

 

     State Parties to the Ottawa Treaty
2005  XCOR Aerospace made the first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
2005  Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, was born.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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