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Shed day for mid coast seafood producers

Hunter Local Land Services recently invited Mid Coast seafood industry producers along to a free shed day at Tuncurry to look at opportunities and challenges facing the local industry.

The event was part of Hunter Local Land Services program to support the local oyster industry as it adapts and deals with climate change.

“The shed day is a chance for oyster farmers and commercial fishers to learn more about the challenges facing the seafood industry in Wallis Lake and talk about how they can adapt to issues like climate change together,” said Estuary and Marine Officer Brian Hughes.

Over the next four years, Hunter Local Land Services will help oyster farmers become more resilient and improve their farm businesses.

“We will work with local fisherman, researchers and the local community to improve habitats such as oyster reefs through a $932,000 project funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program,” said Brian.

“Oyster reef restoration is one adaptation that oyster farmers, fishers and the rest of the community can work together on to improve fish habitat and water quality in areas where other habitats may have declined.”

The shed day also covered research underway on the value of oyster infrastructure to local fisheries, such as Wallis Lake.
More than 20 producers heard about the Local Land Services Climate Ready Aquaculture Incentives Program, and how they can get involved.

This project is supported by Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.