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janinerSun, 25/11/2018 - 8:00pm

We have a pair of nesting herons. Last January a hail storm came through and destroyed the eggs in the nest.It took the birds a few days to work out that there was a problem.

Our herons have built another nest high up in in the same gum tree. Unfortunately the chick and nest came down in the high winds during the week. One of the herons has been sitting up in the tree looking very mournful. There is still sufficient time to try again this summer, so we will be watching to see what happens next.

janinerSun, 24/06/2018 - 4:37pm
Derelict Post on OL86/140 at low tide

The derelict posts on OL86/140 were removed at the beginning of May. Over the following weeks I attempted to count any posts that were visible from the shore. On a 0.5m tide I could see four posts that were missed. Undoubtedly there are more just below the water surface.

There is also a boundary post on the outside section of the lease that has partly fallen over. There is marine growth that is visible on most of the post and only a small area of the top of the post is white. This post would only have a...

janinerTue, 12/06/2018 - 7:14pm

NSW DPI has released the oyster production figures for 2016/2017.

To interpret the results it is necessary to look at how the production results are presented. The results are quoted for small, medium and large oysters in terms of dozens of oysters. In addition, the results are separated into Sydney Rock oysters, Pacific oysters (from Port Stephens only) and triploid Pacific oysters (from other estuaries).

If you add the results together, it is like adding different sizes of pears and apples all together. I have used conversion figures available from DPI to convert all the results into bags...

janinerSun, 20/05/2018 - 9:42pm

Over the last few weeks the oyster posts on OL86/140 were removed by the lessee. However, a few posts were missed so be very cautious navigating in the area. There is no requirement for all the posts within the lease area to be removed and it is up to the skipper of any boat to navigate with care. The posts marking the navigation channel and the boundaries of the lease are still present.

NSW DPI will carry out their triennial inspection at the end of May.

tonyhSat, 19/05/2018 - 5:32pm

They've gone! The ugly encrusted and abandoned posts in oyster lease OL86/140 have at last been removed. The lease boundary posts remain but now the water is largely clear of an environmental and visual blight that has taken a very long time for Fisheries to acknowledge and addess.

We don't know exactly what happens next. We are led to believe that the lease holder may try a suspended net system for oyster farming. Whatever, we trust that any future installation is designed to leave a less damaging environmental foot print. It will be interesting to see if water flow...


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