Shellfish Movement Control Permit application

A permit application form for moving shellfish stock in parts of the upper South Island and Stewart Island that are subject to a Controlled Area Notice to contain Bonamia ostreae

Controlled Area Notice introduced

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced a Controlled Area Notice which legally restricts the movement of some shellfish species from the upper South Island and Stewart Island to key flat oyster areas of Southland, Otago and the Chatham Islands.

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.

You may need a permit

If you're moving shellfish stock within the requirements of the Controlled Area Notice, you may need to get a permit by completing the form on this page. 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.

 To get a permit, complete this form:

Alternatively, you can fill in the application form and email it to

Movement Details

Movement out of a zone

6. What shellfish stock are you transferring?

Movement into a zone


12. What is the primary mode of transport?
15. Has the stock been inside the Contained Zone at any life stage?
(Format - DD-MM-YYYY)
18. Is this a repeated transfer?

Applicant contact details


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