[10 July/ NZ Herald]

The Ministry for Primary Industries has declared the Bonamia ostreae disease that hit oyster farms on Stewart Island was successfully contained, and no Bonamia ostreae had been detected in the Bluff wild oyster fishery following tests. The ministry sampled 11 Foveaux Strait locations and bonamia was not detected in any of the samples. MPI’s Director of Readiness and Response Geoff Gwyn said the testing provides a 95 percent confidence that bonamia is not present. No bonamia was found in farms and a hatchery in Horseshoe Bay, a hatchery in Bluff harbour and in Bluff harbour itself also. MPI said it would continue with the removal of farmed oysters in Big Glory Bay, and the Marlborough Sounds, as planned.