Oysters travel the fast way

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Alvin Bandong, from Fastway Couriers, gets more Southland oysters to the rest of New Zealand. Photo: Supplied

OYSTERS, the pinnacle of taste for many seafood lovers, are reaching northern dinner tables in prime condition thanks to the efforts of Fastway Couriers Southland.

Since the season started in mid-March, Fastway Couriers Southland regional franchisee Jamie Seaton said his Invercargill-based team had been freighting about $10,000 of oysters a day to supermarkets and restaurants.

“Speed is essential,” Mr Seaton said.

“Because the oysters are perishable, getting them to their destination as soon as possible is the main consideration.”

The oysters are packed in polystyrene bins to keep them fresh and cool on their travels north.

The oyster season runs until late this month, when most of the fishermen will have obtained their annual quota from the oyster beds in Foveaux Strait.

Fastway Couriers New Zealand handles on behalf of clients. Fastway Couriers Southland also shipped muttonbirds to customers, Mr Seaton said.

While oysters provided the autumn boost, seedlings were the big mover in spring when the company freighted large quantities of seedlings and plants from two Southland nurseries to Mitre 10 and Warehouse stores throughout the country, Mr Seaton said.

“At its height, we can be doing four to five van loads a day.”

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