The NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy was developed in 2006 to guide the long term development of the NSW oyster industry in a sustainable manner. It aims for a healthy and sustainable industry, and has an aspirational goal of nearly trebling the production of edible oysters from about 2,900 tonnes per year to 7,500 tonnes per year.
The NSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) has updated the strategy, and has released a draft revised strategy for public exhibition and comment.
Last week my grandsons found a Tawny Frogmouth dead in our yard. The bird had been hunting around Water St and the Cove for a few years and would roost in our yard, it met an untimely death. We also found evidence of a regurgitated small mammal probably a marsupial mouse that had taken a rat/mouse bait next to the dead bird. One can presume that this was the cause of death.
This year has been an abundance of flowers starting with the wattles and dillwynia in August, boronia, black eyed susans, patersonia, in September some of which are still flowering in November along with the Eucalyptus. The annual wildflower walk was held 28 September with 15 people attending.
14th Port Stephens Dolphin Census highest since 2010
13 April 2014 Dolphin CensusmpicklesMon, 26/05/2014 - 4:26pm
The longest running dolphin census count in Australia is conducted each year in Port Stephens. Each year several residents in the Cove man an observation point for 30 minutes. No sightings were reported near North Arm Cove.
However 105 dophins were sighted in the Port Stephens area which is the highest number since 2010 and higher than the average of 90. Most were sighted off Tomaree Head (25) Nelson Bay Marina (14) and Shoal Bay (14). 4 Calves were sighted as well as turtles and two ospreys.
It rained and it rained and........then the heavens cleared on the morning of March 2nd. Just in time for a small band of concerned villagers to start the annual task. Twelve eager helpers set about removing another years collection of discards in our area. We didn't end up with quite such a pile as in previous years, but it was still bad. It is sad that some don't appreciate the beauty of the place we live in and trash it without regard.
The NSW Recreational Saltwater Fishing guide www.dpi.nsw.gov.au has useful information on crabbing. The following rules re crab traps (excerpts only, refer to the original for details) may save you from losing the trap: