Aw, shucks - yet another title27 May
Frisky Bluff oysters not so plump05 April
Demand strong as Bluff oysters hit the market04 March
Fleet ready to launch for start of oyster season28 February
Oyster opener claims eighth title28 May
Early season Bluff oyster prices driven by “insatiable” demand06 March
Bluff oysters in short supply after ‘chaos’03 March
First Bluff oysters expected today02 March
First oysters of the season arrive in Bluff01 March
Oysters the order of the day as connoisseurs flock from afar22 May
The battle for the Bluff oyster gets under way for the 2017 season01 March
Big crowds and tight squeezes at the 2016 Bluff Oyster and Food Festival21 May
Bluff oysters in the blood of many Southlanders05 March
Transport World to open pop up oyster bar for start of oyster season01 March
Oyster-lovers get prepared26 February
Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters to feature in NZ Post TV ad19 August
Bluff oyster quota achieved after stormy season10 August
Bluff oyster fleet on home stretch02 July
Bluff Oyster Fest 2015 - Results26 May
Oyster Fest a huge success25 May
Oyster openers prepare to compete21 May
Oyster season on track despite poor weather01 May
VIDEO: Surveying the fishery19 March
Changing times05 March
VIDEO: ONE NEWS - Opening of Bluff Oyster Season01 March
VIDEO: 3 News - Oyster lovers rejoice as season begins01 March
Oyster lovers get their orders in27 February
New look for Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters19 February
03 March / John Lewis - Otago Daily Times
Bluff oyster supplies were thin on the ground in Dunedin yesterday, leaving many in the city scrambling for their annual fix of the southern delicacy.
Few made it to Dunedin because demand for the first Bluff oysters of the season was so high in Bluff and Invercargill.
Graeme Wright, manager of Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters, one of the main suppliers to Dunedin fish stores, said they were flying off the shelves so quickly in Invercargill yesterday, there were not enough to send to Dunedin.
Mr Wright, who is also spokesman for the Bluff Oyster Management Co, said up to 70 customers were queueing down the street outside his shop in Invercargill at one stage to buy them.
“My shop’s just been chaos all morning. We haven’t been able to put a single oyster in a poly bin to head north yet. It’s been so busy.
“When you’ve got so many people in the shop, it’s pretty hard to put them in a poly bin and send them away.
“Do you put them in a poly bin and send them to Dunedin, or do you sell them in the shop here in Invercargill?
“It’s the first day of the season and it’s a bit rough if Southlanders can’t have the first crack at them.”
He estimated Barnes Oysters sold about 36,000 oysters at the store yesterday.
They were selling for $25 a dozen.
He hoped to be able to start sending some oysters to Dunedin last night.
Harbour Fish owner Aaron Cooper, of Dunedin, is supplied by both Barnes Oysters and Ngai Tahu, so despite not receiving any from Barnes, he was able to put some Bluff oysters on the shelf for customers yesterday.
“Supplies are always a bit light at the start of the season. Everyone gets a wee few.
“Next week we’ll have plenty.”
The Best Cafe also managed to get some in from a different supplier, but they were so few, they were only being cooked for people reserving tables for dinner last night.