The Victorian Fisheries Authority is partnering with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) to develop a native oyster industry in Gippsland.

The partnership involves investment and support into a production trial for native oysters in the Gippsland Lakes. The Victorian Fisheries Authority will invest $40,000 into the trial, to be matched by GLaWAC.

It’s proposed the trial will commence in 2022 once consultation and formal approvals are obtained.

If the trial is successful, it’s envisaged GLaWAC will commence a commercial aquaculture operation at the selected trial sites, which may be with an existing aquaculture industry partner.

The native oysters to be produced are Sydney rock and Angasi oysters, both of which are abundant and native to the Gippsland Lakes system.

The aim of the trial is to:

Identify the sites within the Lakes system for commercial production.
Classify harvest areas within Gippsland Lakes approved under the Victorian Government’s Shellfish Quality Assurance Program.
Determine the commercial production and growth potential for both species in the Gippsland Lakes.
The trial will involve up to two years of regular testing and monitoring as required under the Shellfish Quality Assurance Program to ensure the product meets the required Food Standards Code.

To provide further feedback on the trial, email haveyoursay@vfa.vic.gov.au or call 03 9658 4737.



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* 1. What is your initial view of the proposed trial?

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* 2. Do you currently use any of the 5 sites for any purpose?

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* 3. If Yes, what is the purpose? 

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* 4. Do you fish in any of the proposed trial sites on the above map?

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* 5. If you fish in any of the proposed trial sites, how many times per year?

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* 6. What species do you target?

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* 7. With what fishing method do you target them?

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* 8. If the trial is successful, one or more of the trial sites may be developed into an oyster aquaculture site. What is your view on establishing permanent oyster aquaculture in the Gippsland Lakes?

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