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janinerSun, 23/08/2015 - 9:28pm

Councillor Len Roberts has reported that two fines have been issued to North Arm Cove residents for allowing the contents of their septic tanks to overflow.Council recently appointed a temporary full time Plumbing Inspector to inspect all high risk systems and North Arm Cove and Bundabah are high on the list for periodic inspections.

Council in conjunction with the University of Newcastle continues the water quality monitoring and sampling program in the Cove. This monitoring is in addition to the testing carried out by oyster farmers for the NSW Food Authority. Septic systems at North Arm Cove have been...

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janinerTue, 11/08/2015 - 3:33pm

NSW Oyster Industry Strategy

A report has been prepared for the NSW Oyster Strategy Working Group by Acil Allen Consulting. The report, “NSW Oyster Strategy”, was was released in June 2015, and has been published on the DPI website: go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/563004/nsw-oyster-...

Basically, the government acknowledges that the oyster industry in NSW faces production and market pressures that continue to drive structural change. There is wide spread concern about the future viability of the industry. The strategy outlines the steps that need to be taken by government in partnership with industry to improve the outlook for...

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janinerTue, 11/08/2015 - 1:19pm

Changes to Recreational Crab Net Rules in Port Stephens

New rules came into force in Port Stephens in May 2015 in regards to crab trap equipment. Existing crab traps and witches hats must be modified to lower the risk of turtle entanglement.

Given the high reported drowning rate of turtles in Port Stephens and recognition of the estuary being important for turtles, a trial of new crab gear rules is being implemented in Port Stephens requiring:

1) Recreational witches hats to be modified so that the entanglement net is not inverted when set, that...

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janinerTue, 11/08/2015 - 12:27pm

30 Jul 2015

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is looking for anglers to participate in a research project to reduce deep hooking among yellowfin bream, sand whiting, dusky flathead, tailor and snapper.

Led by DPI scientists Matt Broadhurst and Paul Butcher, the project aims to develop environmentally friendly recreational fishing gears and practices for NSW coastal areas.

"This research aims to use anglers to assess whether certain fishing practices and rigs, including non-offset circle and barbless hooks, can minimise deep hooking among some key inshore species," Dr Butcher said.

For more information go to ...

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janinerMon, 10/08/2015 - 8:15pm
Department of Primary Industries

Oyster production Figures for 2013/2014

The annual Aquaculture Production Report 2013/2014 was released by the NSW Department of Primary Industries in February 2015- go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/aquaculture/faqs/aquaculture-product...

I have analysed the section relating to the oyster industry, converted the figures to bags instead of dozens and summarized the results for the last 5 years- see production table below.

The figures show an increase in production in Sydney rock oyster both in Port Stephens and state wide. This increase is countered by a dramatic drop in Pacific oyster production. The...

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