Report - Fisheries Assessment Report (FAR)
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The 2016 Foveaux Strait survey found the recruit-sized, pre-recruit and small oyster populations increased from 2015. Recruit-sized oysters in core strata increased from 351.4 million oysters in 2015 (CV 8%) to 385.2 million oysters in 2016 (CV 11%). Bonamia infection levels decreased markedly in 2016. Summer mortality was much lower, 16.2 million recruit-sized oysters (4.2% of the population), than in 2015 (13.1%). The declining trend in the oyster population since 2012 has levelled off in 2016. Any rebuilding of the recruit-sized population is likely to be slow.