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Oyster News Feb 2017

A newsletter for, and about, the NSW Oyster Industry.
Spat Availability
Research Spotlight
Who's Who
Photo of the Month
NSW Oysters Facebook Group
Committees & Associations
Diary Dates
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Post puller

Simplifies the act of pulling posts from water leases

Efficient and easy to use with a punt crane. 

Please contact Barry or Brian Allen from Shoalhaven Oyster Service on (02) 4447 1717.
CLICK HERE: To discuss this innovation with others
Oyster Cradle
Slat Stripper
Adjustable Platform
Oystek Auto Winch

Shell Grinder


It is free to advertise items for sale, or items that you want. This could include equipment, oysters, businesses or services. Please send details to / 0488656366. Please limit your description to 100 words or less, and remember to include your contact details & location. You may also include 2 photos with your post.
CLICK HERE: Classifieds

Spat Availability

This section provides a link to the latest information on spat availability. The first link provides an update on the latest hatchery runs. For more information about spat availability, prices and ordering please contact the hatcheries and nurseries directly. For information on the breeding program, please contact Emma Wilke (0402677534 / The second link provides access to a directory of NSW wild caught spat suppliers. To update or add your details to this directory please contact Andy Myers (0488656366 /
CLICK HERE: NSW Hatchery Stock Available - February 2017
CLICK HERE: Directory of NSW Wild Caught Spat Suppliers
SOCo (The Select Oyster Company) has also kicked off its 'Hatchery Hub and Training Program'. This has included working closely with a visiting hatchery expert from Canada to improve SRO hatchery methods, and hosting a 'Hatchery Hub' workshop in Port Stephens. An in-depth account of these activities can be found here.

Research Spotlight

WHAT: The social and economic contributions of NSW Coastal Aquaculture


The 2015/16 Aquaculture Production Report has been released and can be viewed here. Thank you to all that contributed.  The report highlights an increase in volume and by 9% value of the NSW oyster industry over the previous year and also includes a new section on average farm gate prices per estuary and species.

In related news, some oyster farmers in Wallis Lake are reporting a harvest well above average this year. Read the local media report here.
Hardouin are a French company that manufactures oyster & shellfish equipment. Operating since 1974, they sell shellfish equipment in France, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Canada and have recently started to sell machines to oyster farmers in NSW. They provide grading machines (circular & linear) with tactical colour screens and customised buttons.

The export manager (Amelie Hardouin) is visiting Australia shortly and is keen to visit farmers to present the product portfolio. Should you be interested in finding out more, please contact Estelle Pages from French Australian Chamber of Commerce to work out a suitable time & date. or call 0416140603. 
Their website and product range can be viewed here.
A fantastic number of oyster entries in the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show this year. 

The SRO category: 12 Gold; 22 Silver; 4 Bronze 
The Angasi category: 2 Silver; 1 Bronzed
The PO category: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

A special mention to Doyle's Oysters from the Clyde River for taking out 'Champion Aquaculture Product'. 

A big congratulations to all entrants for proudly showcasing the high-quality of oysters grown in NSW. ​Full results can be accessed here.
There are big plans for the oyster industry on the Central Coast. Farmers in Brisbane Water are trialling Pacific oysters, looking at co-farming options with the Hawkesbury River and advocating for a centralised shed depot. Lots going on, as described in this media article.
The issue of water quality is perhaps the single most important issue for bivalve shellfish production. A register of 'hot spots' is being developed across a number of organisations including, NSW Food Authority, DPI Fisheries, DPI Biosecurity & OceanWatch Australia. 

The register is a living document & farmers are encouraged to forward advice of any threats to water quality in their catchment to Any issues raised will be added to the register so that they are clearly visible when opportunities arise to run remediation projects. 
The NSW Aquaculture Research Advisory Committee (ARAC) wants your input into future research, development and extension priorities.  They are looking for submissions, through which you can convey your ideas, and advise of the issues that may be constraining the growth of your business. This is an opportunity to help drive the oyster industry forward. Please submit your comments via this form, and note that deadline for comments is March 10th, 2017.

ABC Country Hour has published an article on the Sydney rock breeding program and the hatchery extension work of SOCo (the Select Oyster Company). Read the media article here.

Camerons of Tasmania has partnered with Yumbah Aquaculture to produce Pacific oyster spat in South Australia. Read media here.

POMS (Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome) has struck again in Tasmanian estuaries. Forecast to cause oyster shortages in the market place and a rise in oyster prices.

There's a newsletter being put out in Tasmania providing regular updates to industry on what is happening with POMS on Tasmanian oyster farms over the summer of 2016-17. 
Pittwater oyster farmer, James Calvert, reflects on life after arrival of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in Tasmania. ​Read media article here.

Estuaries in north west Tassie remain clear of POMS. Read media article here.
There is a new grant open - the Coles Nurture Fund.

This is a $10 million annual program to develop products, technologies, systems and processes. Whether improving or developing new technologies for delivery systems, state-of-the-art refrigeration and lighting to generate better environmental outcomes, improved product quality in the farm sector or greater scale production in processed foods, the fund seeks to support small to medium Australian businesses that want to improve existing services or products and create new systems or processes. Click here for more information.
The Office of State Revenue recently notified NSW DPI that aquaculture lease transfers are no longer required to be stamped for the purposes of the Duties Act (1997). For farmers who have paid stamp duty on a lease transfer after 1 July 2016, NSW DPI will work with the Office of State Revenue to organise a refund for those payments. If you have any questions please contact NSW DPI Aquaculture Administration on (02) 4982 1232.
When there is a natural disaster, Government needs to quickly collect information so that it can put in place an appropriate response. You can help by volunteering to be your estuary 'Disaster Loss Reporting Coordinator'. It will be your role to help collect estimates of damage and loss, and report them to NSW DPI.

You will be helping to ensure that available assistance is provided as quickly as possible. If you are able to help please contact Steve Mcorrie at NSW DPI on (02) 4916 3921 or email
A NSW south coast oyster farmer, Steve Feletti from the Clyde River, has worked to introduce a new grape variety into Australia, to produce wine that specifically complements oysters. 

Piquepoul blanc is traditionally grown in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc, and is served with oysters at fish markets in the south of France. 

Working with a wine-maker, they hope to double last year's first commercial bottling when the second harvest kicks-off in coming weeks. Read full article here.
Oyster farmers in Merimbula & Bermagui are invited to join focus groups which will help Bega Valley Shire Council to develop Coastal Management Plans for these estuaries. The 1st meetings are being held in early March.
  • Bermagui on Thurs. 2nd March 3-4pm @ Bermagui Country Club 
  • Merimbula on Fri. 3rd March 9-11am @ Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre.
Please contact Jillian Keating ( if you are interested in being involved. The original invite sent by Bega Valley Shire Council can be viewed here.
NSW DPI are currently going through the process of remaking the Fisheries Management (Aquaculture) Regulation 2012. No amendments to the Regulation are anticipated. Consultation with stakeholders will commence March 2017.

Who's Who

Caroline Henry
  • Chair NSW Farmers' Oyster Committee
  • Industry Representative - NSW Shellfish Committee
  • Oyster Representative - Bega Valley Coastal Management Committee
  • Treasurer - Wonboyn Lake QAP for last 10 years
  • Past Coordinator - Wonboyn Lake QAP
I have been farming Sydney Rock Oysters in Wonboyn Lake since 1990 with my husband Kel and over these years have seen this industry evolve and become an industry that gives both men and women a chance to  not  only have a  viable business but a great lifestyle.

Over the years I have believed that to help me to be a good oyster farmer you need to have the support of not only your family and friends but the wider oyster industry and regulatory bodies. You also need to be prepared to speak for yourself and the wider oyster community.

To ensure that our business and that of others is well represented I have actively been involved in many oyster committees and attended field days and  events that give farmers a chance to communicate  what they believe is needed for this industry to move forward  in a productive and professional manner. 

My role as Chair of NSW Farmers gives me the chance to ensure that needs and concerns expressed by our farmers have the best chance of being listened to and decision made by regulatory bodies are made to ensure that we  as oyster farmers have the best outcome. Sitting on the NSW Shellfish Committee also gives me the opportunity to ensure that oyster farmer’s interest are  put forward so that any decision made will be positive for all of us.

I was born on Tawonga, Victoria to German migrants and lived the first half of my life in Melbourne and then in 1990 made the ‘sea change’ with Kel and our two children and moved to Wonboyn and started farming ‘Oysters’.

I believe that this decision was the best decision we could ever have made because it gave our family a great place to live surrounded by natural beauty, with the added benefit becoming part of active and environmentally friendly industry.

CONTACT: or call 0448969140

Photo of the Month

A pink Rhode Island oyster. Perfectly safe to eat, the colouration usually occurs in spring when blooms of red phytoplankton dominate. If the stomach is nicked then the red algae will escape into the liquor. Photo from the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association.

NSW Oysters Facebook Group

Feedback about this newsletter & NSW oyster website ( has been very positive, however these only provide one-way communication. To encourage farmer interaction and discussion, a NSW Oysters Facebook group has been set-up. Any member of the group can post relevant content and generate conversation with other farmers. 
CLICK HERE: To join the Facebook group

Committees & Associations

There are a number of different committees and associations involved with the NSW oyster industry. Know who represents your interests. 

Diary Dates

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Big thanks to Ana Rubio for helping pull this together and advising on articles. If you have any feedback, please let us know 
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