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Oyster Growers Unite Across Australia

Australia's oyster industry took a giant leap forward today with the formation of Oysters Australia. This will be the first time the Oyster industry will have one national industry body to represent the interest of all sectors growers of the industry.

Mr Bruce Zippel, Oyster Grower and Director on the South Australian Aquaculture Council, said Oysters Australia is a national body, formed by a community of oyster growers for advocacy, and research and development. Its members are passionate about becoming world leaders in responsible, profitable and sustainable oyster production.

Oyster farming is Australia’s oldest aquaculture industry, starting in the early 1800's with farmers in NSW growing and harvesting the local species Sydney Rock Oysters. Farming Pacific Oysters by comparison is a relatively younger industry in 1947 in Tasmania's Tamar River. This predates most other forms of Aquaculture by almost three decades.

The two dominant oyster species, Pacific and Sydney Rock are grown across Australia has a farm gate value of production of close to $100 million, the major of the income generated in regional communities.

Despite some differences – species and region, oyster farmers have common issues, such as co-ordinated research and development initiation and management, regional planning, disease control, marketing and promotion which bring them together. In a move that will help the oyster industry to be better placed to deal with these issues efficiently has led to the creation of Oysters Australia.

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Further Reading

White, I., 2001. Safeguarding Environmental Conditions for Oyster Cultivation in New South Wales. Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University. Report to Healthy Rivers Commission.



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