Something Fishy | Lobster, crab and oyster theft a major problem in Port Stephens

This is the time of the year when crabs become increasingly more active inside the port and lobsters are trapped on the rocky coastline from Broughton to Birubi.

Unfortunately, this is also the time when theft becomes a major issue for both commercial and recreational fishers.

Lobsters, crabs and oyster are targeted by thieves. Photo supplied.

Lobsters, crabs and oyster are targeted by thieves. Photo supplied.

Stealing crabs and traps inside the port is a daily occurrence and it seems that no end of surveillance by DPI Compliance, members of the public and fishers themselves can bring this crime under control. Recently, along the coastline from Fingal to Fishermans Bay, lobster traps have been stolen from both commercial and recreational fishers.

Oyster growers throughout the Port also suffer from increasing occurrence of this low act as we near Christmas.

If you are on the water and witness any dodgy activity take the boat registration and contact the Fisheries Hot Line 1800 043 536.

The review of our Marine Park, a pre-election promise, is under way with the formation of an advisory council.

There has been an enthusiastic response by major stakeholders in the local area who have indicated their willingness to be an active part of the process.

Very pleasing to report that it is the younger generation who are showing the greatest interest.

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