In the wake of mortality outbreaks impacting the Pacific oyster farming sector worldwide, researchers from New Zealand (Cawthron Institute) and Australia (University of Sydney and Macquarie University) initiated a collaboration to look at industrys’ disease risk perceptions, impacts and management at farm level.
Thanks to funding received from the New Zealand Government, the project team organised a workshop to explore business strategies for managing diseases. Oyster farmers from both New South Wales (Australia) and New Zealand attended the meeting in Auckland.
The objectives were to share technical information and oyster farmers’ own experiences with disease outbreaks, to challenge farmers’ views and perceptions on disease prevention and on-farm management, and to facilitate exchanges between farmers, government officials and scientists through open discussions.
A report on the workshop is available.