Yesterday on a misty winter’s morning I traveled by punt up the Inlet with land owners and southern rivers coastal management authority staff. Aim of the day was to view oyster growing systems, talk about how activities on the land effect the waterway and discuss where the industry is heading under their new environmental management system.
This is a new SRCMA initiative bringing together adjoining landowners, community and oyster farmers to discuss an environmentally sustainable future for the waterway. They were shown work already carried out by oyster farmers and landholders – feral pacific oyster control, electric fencing to prevent livestock damaging the water catchment, new plastic oyster trays and baskets, long line growing techniques. Old oyster cultivation methods using tar etc. is a thing of the past. (as seen in the movie The Oyster Farmer)