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01 March / ONE News/Newstalk ZB
Bluff’s oyster season opens today with early indications of a potentially good harvest.
Fishing vessels were preparing to head into Foveaux Strait although the weather could have the final say.
Barnes Oysters manager Graeme Wright says it’s touch and go as to whether a decent haul is brought ashore this weekend but they hope to get some fishing in today before the weather is forecast to turn.
Mr Wright believes this season could be as good as last year’s, when 13 million oysters were harvested.
Bluff oysters are one of New Zealand’s famous delicacies and have been on menus around the country for almost 200 years.
Bluff oysters are also known as dredge oysters and are harvested in much smaller commercial quantities in Tasman Bay and Golden Bay.
Some small scale farming of the species is beginning to occur.