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Oyster contracts


The Government is awarding oyster removal contracts to oyster farmers to support them as they lose their livelihood­s. Last month, the Ministry for Primary Industries ordered the removal of all farmed oysters from certain bays around Stewart Island after a breakout of potentiall­y lethal parasite Bonamia ostreae. A ministry spokeswoma­n said it was using employees from affected oyster businesses where possible ‘‘to guarantee some work’’.

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