The face of New Zealand’s Oyster industry, Callum McCallum, has stood down after 20 years as New Zealand Oyster Industry Association (NZOIA) President.
During his tenure, Callum has led the Oyster industry response to a host of biosecurity, food safety and regulatory challenges including the implementation of the Government’s Biotoxin management program, significant evolution of the Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish safety standards, the Gymnodinium Catenatum Cyst Programme and the OsHV-1 outbreak. He also served as an Aquaculture New Zealand and Seafood Industry Council Director and as the Aquaculture Council Chair.
Callum officially stood down from the post at the NZOIA conference this month where he was awarded the Joe Francis Memorial trophy for outstanding service to the Association. He was replaced as President by long-standing NZOIA executive member Jim Dollimore of Bio Marine. He is replaced as the Aquaculture New Zealand oyster director by Don Collier of Pacific Marine Farms. Kono’s Andy Elliot and Cawthron’s Jacquie Reed were also appointed to the executive during the conference, joining Don Collier (Vice President), Ben Haig, Nat Upchurch and Ben Warren.