Attributes

Pacific Oysters are rated eco-best.

New Zealand oyster farmers follow best practices developed by the industry to meet the growing global demand for safe, healthy seafood products. The New Zealand Oyster Environmental Code of Practice (2007) directs best industry practices throughout the growing and harvesting cycle to minimise potential effects on the environment.

To mitigate environmental impacts the New Zealand government has a number of environmental controls in place, including the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the Fisheries Act 1996.

The planning and approval process for coastal aquaculture in New Zealand considers the farm’s potential environmental effects, as well as its possible cultural and social effects.

These processes are run by regional councils under the Resource Management Act (RMA). This is the principal New Zealand law governing coastal management and the growth and management of coastal uses, including aquaculture. Regional councils will set conditions around farm operations and will monitor farms to ensure compliance.

Due to the importance of water quality in producing premium Oysters, New Zealand Pacific Oyster farmers are committed to protecting and enhancing the clean and nutrient-rich waters in which their Oysters grow. Through regular environmental monitoring of water conditions and the implementation of their Codes of Practice, Oyster farmers are dedicated to sustaining the pristine environment, and producing the highest quality Pacific Oysters.

These sustainable farming practices are further enhanced by the Environmental Defense Force classifications, rating Pacific Oysters as an eco-best choice, which can be enjoyed with little ecological concerns.