August is ‘Love Seafood’ month in Port Stephens and history shows that we have plenty to be thankful for. Commercial fishing has been carried out throughout the Port and along its beaches since the mid to late 1800s originally supplying a very small local market, including a few Chinese who had settled here after giving up in the gold fields.
Little changed until a steady supply of ice became available in the early 1900s enabling the industry to expand into Newcastle and Sydney. Since those beginnings, Port Stephens has been a regular supplier to local and overseas markets with quality seafood. Locally caught seafood brings many visitors into the area as does the lure of catching your own. Recreational fishing is a booming business and this year has been a cracker.
Through active fisheries management Port Stephens has achieved a balance where our resources are shared between sustainable commercial fishing, charter operators and recreational fishers. Enjoy our seafood, it’s the best in the world.