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...

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...

janinerSun, 26/01/2020 - 9:06pm

In the last few days we've had some lovely high tides in the middle of the day. We've had a lot of people out for a swim, people kayaking and kids playing in the water. Unfortunately we've also had a few hoons driving their boats at speed between the oyster leases and the shore.

If you want to go fast, please go on the other side of the oyster leases and keep the shore side safe for the rest of us and the noise levels down for those onshore. And perhaps a reminder to your visitors about safe...

tonyhSat, 26/05/2018 - 3:23pm

Observations by Gary Sylvaney - a NAC boating resident.

Having arrived in the Cove just 6 years ago, my first close involvement with moves for a Community Jetty and Community Boat Ramp occurred with the Royal Haskoning DHV Survey during 2016. Prior to that, it was the disappointment experienced when I discovered the Council Plan prominently displayed at Casuarina Reserve in 2012 for a Community Jetty and Ramp was not going to happen. It had played a large part in our decision to purchase a property across the road from the Reserve.

At the time we...

tonyhSun, 25/02/2018 - 11:31am
I sit here feeling pretty low about the state of the nation and trying to think up something smart to say about the MidCoast Counci debacle. A jet skier flashes past our house inside the oyster leases where kids are swimming. I'm thankfully distracted as a poem by one of our best loved cartoonists comes to mind: ODE TO A JET-SKI PERSON Jet-ski person, selfish fink, May your silly jet-ski sink, May you hit a pile of rocks, Oh hoonish, summer coastal pox....
jaybeeMon, 29/02/2016 - 8:34pm

The second most important issue after the weather, when boating, is the facilities available at either end of your journey.
The destination of Lemon Tree Passage is perhaps the best exponent of this need on the Port Stephens waterway .
I am talking about the easy of how you get on & get off your boat plus the launching & retrieval facilities at both start & end of the journey.
Having just attended “Lemon Jam” music day at Lemon Tree Passage & experienced their new , almost completed facilities, I”m impressed.

Apart from good...

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...

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 ...

Dead turtlejaninerThu, 30/04/2015 - 10:03pm
Turtle at Port Stephens

It was the day before the Easter break and we had a lovely day out on the water with a trip to Tea Gardens and an attempt to catch some fish over near Shoal Bay. We were quite late returning and noticed a floating object close to the boats moored off oyster lease OL86/140. Closer examination indicated it was a dead turtle. I am not an expert on turtle identification, but I think it was a green turtle.

With the holiday period about to start, the turtle was a navigation hazard. It was very heavy and smelly and we...

Not a good look still rainingmarkwSun, 27/04/2014 - 12:15pm

During the fierce storm on Sunday 13th April the dingy belonging to Ray Smith "Smithy" was capsized.

After the tide came in it was able to start and run. This is rather lucky as the water from the leg can enter the motor and cause havoc. Also it was a stroke of luck that the tide was low.



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