The Bluff oyster is recognised as a New Zealand icon and the quota shareholders in the Bluff oyster fishery wish to protect and enhance it for future generations through sustainable management.
To assist with this objective a commercial stakeholder organisation was formed in 1992, representing the combined interests of owners of Individual Transferable Quota shares in the fishery. Originally named Bluff Oyster Enhancement Company, the limited liability company was renamed in 1997 to Bluff Oyster Management Company Ltd (BOMC).
BOMC’s primary role is to ensure the sustainable management of the Bluff oyster fishery on behalf of the quota owners. It funds research to better understand how the fishery operates and undertakes regular monitoring of the stock (OYU5). This investment provides up-to-date information on the status of the fishery and allows for informed management decisions.