About the Controlled Area Notice
A Controlled Area Notice is in place that legally restricts the movements of some shellfish species, including their spat, out of the Contained Zone (Nelson and Marlborough) and into the Protected Zone covering Southland, Otago, and the Chatham Islands.
The notice also restricts the movement of some shellfish species, and marine farm equipment and craft, into and out of Stewart Island.
The measures were introduced to help contain Bonamia ostreae – a protozoan parasite detected in samples of flat oysters in the upper South Island in January 2015 and on Stewart Island in May 2017.
Controlled Area Notice [PDF, 523 KB]
You may need a permit
If you're moving restricted shellfish stock, or marine farm equipment and craft, into or out of zones covered by the Controlled Area Notice, you may need a permit.
Apply for a permit
You can apply for a permit online below. You should receive a response within 2 working days. Permits may take up to 10 working days to issue. Take this timeframe into consideration when applying for your permits.
If you don't apply online, you can download an application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application form [DOC, 152 KB]