On the water

petercMon, 27/02/2012 - 9:39pm

Welcome to the wonderful waterways of Port Stephens and particularly North Arm Cove.

A great many of us came to North Arm Cove because of the access, scenic quality and relative peace of the place and its waters. The north shore of Port Stephens offers great opportunities for fishing, kayaking (kayaks are a must have in NAC!), waterskiing, sailing or just knocking about in boats from canoes to offshore yachts. The increase in moored powerboats and yachts in the past 10 years has been incredible, and many of the owners are not necessarily locals, coming from places as far...

janinerSat, 08/01/2022 - 2:21pm
Loose oyster line

Over the New Year long weekend, a line of oysters broke loose in strong winds. It was near the boat launching area at Water Street. The line was outside the lease area but it it was bunched up and easily visible. On Wednesday, I tried contacting the phone number that DPI Fisheries had given us, but it was disconnected. I then tried DPI Fisheries, but they were on holidays until 10 Janunary. I then tried the mobile phone number that was on the XL Oysters website.

It was very pleasing to find that the problem was fixed within 24...

janinerMon, 03/01/2022 - 3:47pm

We ran into a crab trap line yesterday. The buoy was about the size of a ping pong ball and was difficult to see. There was a line of these traps with small buoys between the oyster lease and the shore and they were in the zone where a lot of people take their boats when the tide is low. We were lucky to avoid a rope wrapped around our propellor.

A fishing licence is required to use a crab trap. There is a limit of two crab traps or 4 hoop nets/witches hats per licenced person. The following...

janinerTue, 23/11/2021 - 2:22pm

NSW DPI is undertaking community consultation on proposed changes to recreational fishing rules for Eastern Rock Lobster and Dusky Flathead.

The proposed changes for recreational fishers are:

Eastern Rock Lobster – increase in bag limit from 2 to 3 per person.
Dusky Flathead – introduction of a slot limit of 36 cm – 70 cm (previously only 1 over 70 cm) and reduction of bag limit from 10 to 5 per person.

All recreational fishers and the community are encouraged to have their say before Friday 26 November 2021.

Go to https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing for...

janinerSun, 21/11/2021 - 11:37am

A public jetty was a high priority in the survey done for the community plan. In the next couple of months, applications will open for the next round of goverment grants for boating access.

Last week at the NACCAi general meeting, Bob Reid gave a summary of the investigations already carried out into the possibilty of a public jetty at North Arm Cove. The attached report summarises these investigations. A NACCAi subcommittee has been appointed to take these investigations further.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Bob Reid via this website or leave a...

janinerSun, 18/07/2021 - 9:03pm

John "Stinker" Clarke is a Port Stephens fishing identity. He was on ABC radio last Saturday talking about the fishing at Karuah. Next Saturday is about Tea Gardens. If you are interested in a few tips about local fishing, you can catch up by going to 


John has written a few books about oyster farming and fishing in Port Stephens. Reviews of his books are on this website in 2015. 

janinerWed, 31/03/2021 - 11:52am
Jimmy's Beach Port Stephens

The flood waters along the east coast are gradually abating, so is it safe to go boating over Easter?

Before making a decision, the first thing I would do is look at the NSW Maritime facebook page. www.facebook.com/nswmaritime . It has a great image of the flood plume off the coast near the Hawksbury River. The water up here may not be as bad, but we still have a lot of flood water coming down the local rivers.

NSW Maritime is still recommending delaying all non essential boating and if you go out, slow down...

janinerThu, 11/03/2021 - 4:03pm

DPI is currently seeking feedback on a range of proposals to amend fisheries and aquaculture regulations. These proposals have been identified by stakeholders and DPI to better manage our fisheries resources and reduce unnecessary red tape. There are two parts to these proposals:

Part A. Commercial Fisheries Business Efficiency Program (BEP)

These proposed regulation changes relate to commercial fisheries and have been identified by the commercial fishing industry to improve their business efficiency. The NSW Commercial Fishing NSW Advisory Council has considered these proposals and recommended that they proceed to broader community consultation.

Part B....

janinerThu, 11/03/2021 - 3:43pm
Blue Swimmer Crab

Some minor changes to recreational fishing rules will come into effect on 30 April 2021 relating to the blue swimmer crab size limit and the use of ‘Opera House’ style yabby traps. These changes are being implemented following consultation with and support from the Recreational NSW Fishing Advisory Council.

Blue Swimmer Crabs size limit to increase to 6.5cm
The size limit of blue swimmer crabs will increase from 6cm to 6.5cm to help assist with protecting spawning crabs and to improve the productivity of the stock through time. It will also provide consistency between the recreational...

janinerSun, 19/04/2020 - 12:00pm

A Message from the DPI Fisheries Team

Fishing & COVID-19

We hope you are keeping well and safe during these challenging times. In early April NSW Police advised that recreational fishing is permitted, as long as people follow all other advice in relation to social distancing and gatherings of two or more people. It is vital you follow NSW Health guidelines around social distancing. Detailed advice on social distancing is available at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 .

As well as strictly following social distancing guidelines, all fisheries rules and regulations continue to apply in NSW, including bag...



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