The McCallum family of Clevedon has been involved with the sea for four generations – but it was only during the economic downturn of the 1980s that Callum McCallum became heavily involved in aquaculture. Looking for additional sources of revenue, Callum and his father started farming Pacific oysters in the Hauraki Gulf, which borders their sheep and beef farm. Callum soon became an aquaculture advocate and – during 20 years as New Zealand Oyster Industry Association (NZOIA) President – he was the public face of New Zealand’s oyster industry.
During his tenure, Callum 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.