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Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy (OISAS) Review

janinerWed, 16/10/2013 - 10:24pm

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.

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Wildilfe Killer Warning

Tawny Frog Mouth poisonedmpicklesSun, 23/12/2012 - 5:10pm

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.

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North Arm Cove Annual Wildflower Walk

mpicklesTue, 18/11/2014 - 4:23pm

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.

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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.

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Clean Up the Cove - Thank You

tonyhThu, 06/03/2014 - 10:25am

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.

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