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janinerTue, 24/12/2019 - 2:54pm
Oyster basket

The oyster farmers have asked us to report any infrastructure that washes ashore off their leases. They will then come and collect their infrastructure. The infrastructure has a dollar value to the oyster farmers but left loose in the water it is a source of pollution, so it is in everyone's interests for the debris to be collected. The basket in the photo washed ashore in early December. It had about two hundred immature oysters which are worth about 0.75c each when mature.

The oyster farmers also asked us to let them know if there is any damage to...

janinerWed, 01/07/2020 - 2:04pm

This year has not been good for oyster farming. The state's oyster farmers were first hit by bushfires, then floods and now by the shut down of restaurants due to the Covid-19 virus. It has been a hard year and we are just half way through. Our area has at least avoided the fires and floods.

DPI Fisheries have put out a video about the bushfire disaster. It is fronted by Ian Lyall, Program Leader Aquaculture. Ian addressed the oyster meeting last year in the community hall. To view the video, go to the bottom of the page at...

janinerSun, 03/05/2020 - 10:12pm
Oystercatcher

Community groups were invited to participate in a zoom workshop on migratory shore birds in the Port Stephens Estuary. I represented the North Arm Cove Community Association.There were about 30 participants, mostly from government agencies.

The main focus was on Corrie Island, Swan Bay and the islands off Soldiers Point. The morning was spent discussing the risks to the birds and in the afternoon a list of actions was developed to help protect the birds. We may be able to help by getting some local people to participate in bird surveys.

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bobreidSun, 19/04/2020 - 10:38am

From our place on Cove Boulevarde we see some glorious sunrises, but we can't see the sunsets due to the hills and trees behind us.

In the past few days there has been virtually no wind late in the afternoon, and the Cove has been smooth and glassy, so I have taken my kayak for a paddle late in the day and watched the sunset from the middle of the Cove.

janinerMon, 06/04/2020 - 12:20pm
We let this crab go free

We are all looking for activities that may be carried out whilst social distancing rules are in place. Fishing is one activity that some of us may wish to undertake. This includes setting crab traps and a fishing licence is required.

There are specific restrictions in place in Port Stephens for crab traps. This is to reduce marine turtle interactions. Crabs may be taken using modified hoop and lift nets. No part of the net can be suspended above the hoop after the net is set. The nets are only allowed to be used between sunrise and sunset. If...

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mareli121Wed, 04/03/2020 - 10:55am

Many thanks to those 12 souls who came along to the 2020 North Arm Cove Clean Up Australia event on the 1st of March. I take off my hat to those that routinely pick up rubbish throughout the year,

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janinerFri, 14/02/2020 - 5:34pm
Black Plastic Casing from Oyster Pole.

Below is a message from Matt at XLOysters:

The Port Stephens Oyster farmers are conducting a shoreline clean up on Friday 21st February.
We have multiple sites around the Port, and North Arm Cove is one of them.
We are aware that there may be some rubbish that has washed up on the shoreline. The purpose of our clean up is to clean not only oyster waste but any waste that may have made its way to your shoreline.
If residents have rubbish on the shoreline by the afternoon of Thursday 20th, we will...

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nigeltFri, 14/02/2020 - 4:20pm

Solitude.  A recent mid-afternoon, scrambling precariously across the fractured rock headland just east of Balberook Creek. Barely a breeze, patchily overcast, gently warm – a welcome relief from the preceding days and weeks. Slowly descending towards the sandy cove a shallow dome interrupts its sharply angled surrounds. Lodged firmly against a rock face, one sadly departed turtle; green by name, but coyly sheltering behind chelonia mydas.

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mpicklesMon, 09/12/2019 - 7:05am

MCC has provided an updated map of Council owned properties in the North Arm Cove area.

The map was requested to identify areas that may have conservation potential, however also provides other possibilities.

mpicklesThu, 28/11/2019 - 6:45am

Landcare and Midcoast Council along with NSW Land Services provided a workshop on Harmony with Habitat with Mat Bell Senior Ecologist MCC and Scott Meier BARRC Bush Regeneration at the Community Centre 22 November.

Over 45 residents and locals from Hawkes Nest and Newcastle areas attended. Understanding and assessing habitat health was explained by Matt Bell. We live in a very diverse and healthy area, with rare pockets of littoral rainforest and populations of rare and endangered species such as Notable threatened species include koalas, glossy black-cockatoos, squirrel gliders, powerful owls, swift parrots, wallum froglets and white-bellied...

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