Hunter Local Land Services work with oyster farmers to clean up Wallis Lake

Oyster growers at Wallis Lake undertake a major waterway clean up.
Oyster growers at Wallis Lake undertake a major waterway clean up.

Hunter Local Land Services has been working with oyster growers at Wallis Lake to undertake a major waterway clean up.

The industry came together to collect rubbish and remove oyster infrastructure that had broken off leases and washed ashore.

Hunter Local Land Services aquatic agriculture officer, Brian Hughes said the industry is committed to improving the health of local waterways.

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“We have worked closely with oyster farmers across the region in recent years to identify ways we can reduce the industry’s impact on local waterways, such as Wallis Lake,” Brian said.

“Bringing producers together to clean up rubbish is part of that push to reduce waste from the industry.

“The farmers have been collecting waste over the last week and will reuse any salvageable items they find, with the rest to be disposed of.”

The region’s oyster industry is worth in excess of $30 million dollars, and has a strong reputation for producing clean, healthy oysters.

Farmer, Mick de Gioia said keeping the estuaries clean has great benefits for both the community and the oyster industry.

“If we are responsible for any litter around the estuaries or island it’s important to clean it up and keep rubbish under control so our relationship with the general public and other users of these waterways remains positive,” Mick said.

“The more proactive we become about cleaning up any litter will also improve the health of the estuary, and that’s important for everyone, including the reputation of our industry and products, everyone wants to know their oysters were grown in a healthy environment.”

MidCoast Council agreed to waive rubbish disposal fees for this clean up.