Oyster farmers set to clean up Nambucca River

Oyster growers banding together to clean up the Nambucca River in 2023.

ON Tuesday 5 March, local oyster farmers will come together for the industry-led ‘Tide to Tip’ clean-up event.

Now in its fifth year, the clean-up program organised by OceanWatch Australia sees oyster growers lead marine debris cleanups in estuaries across the state and beyond.

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Tide to Tip not only provides a way for shellfish farmers to give back to the estuaries on which their livelihoods depend but also helps to ensure Australian waterways remain pristine and healthy for generations to come.

“It’s important to look after the health and community awareness of our river,” local oyster farmer Nicolas Tessier from The Nambucca Oyster Company said.

“As oyster farmers, we take steps daily to look after our river, picking up rubbish we see around while working out on the water.”

This annual clean-up event known as ‘Tide to Tip’ involves eighteen other estuaries from across NSW.

After collection, the waste is sorted and counted using the Australian Marine Debris Database – a program run by Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

Since its inception, the ‘Tide to Tip’ clean-up has resulted in the completion of 73 events.

Together with the help of 875 volunteers, over 42 tonnes of waste has been removed from estuaries.

Partners include local councils, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Landcare NSW, Local Land Services, Clean-up Australia, NSW Farmers Association and Tangaroa Blue.

This project is supported by OceanWatch Australia through joint funding by the Australian and NSW Government’s Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program.

The Local Landcare Coordinator is funded by the NSW Government, and supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

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