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The Southern delicacy the Bluff Oyster could make a later than normal appearance in Invercargill as Venture Southland tries to extend the harvesting season for the Rugby World Cup.
Across New Zealand, local authorities are brainstorming to make the most of the RWC tournament and its tourism opportunities.
Venture Southland community and events group manager Rex Capil said he hoped the season could be extended by a month.
"It may be that we have just got to work with the industry to hold back some of the quota and give more people coming a taste of this delicacy," Mr Capil said.