Key industry documents
Opportunities & Associated Value in Carbon Neutral Certification & Environmental Accounts:
In 2021 Oysters Australia commissioned Nine-Squared to do some work looking at the opportunities & dead-ends in relation to carbon credits / payments, carbon neutral certification and environmental accounts.
While offset payments through the Australian Governments Emission Reduction Fund aren't likely in the foreseeable future, there may be value for industry with carbon neutral certification and environmental accounting.
Growers interested in carbon & environmental accounting should also check-out some work undertaken in New Zealand which looked at the life-cycle assessment of oysters and mussels. The project assessed the carbon footprint of farmed shellfish over their entire life cycle from farming activities, harvesting, processing, packaging, chilled distribution to domestic retail, preparing, consumption, and disposal of used shells & packaging.
NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy (OISAS):
The NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy (OISAS):
NSW Oyster Industry Strategy
In late 2014 the NSW Shellfish Committee established an industry led working group to develop a strategy – to halt the decline and focus industry development into the future. Without a strategy adaptation to production-market pressures will remain fragmented, placing the industry at risk of greater decline and slower development rates than can be achieved with one in place.
This report outlines the first phase of the strategy – outlining a vision and what the strategic priorities are based on the deliberations of the working group and discussion with industry at the 2015 Oyster Field Days in Old Bar and Pambula. Individual oyster businesses can use the strategy to inform their own actions. The industry representative structures now need to develop and implement an implementation schedule to realise the significant potential oysters have to increase the prosperity of the industry and NSW.
To assist the realisation of the priorities identified in the strategy, an Implementation Group (IG) was formed and consisted of proactive oyster farmers throughout NSW. In late 2017, this implementation group was wound up. A progress report has been produced to outline the key achievements of these farmers in pursuit of realising the objectives of the strategy.
Finance Support Pack
One of the 12 priorities identified in the NSW Oyster Industry Strategy (see above), was the need to 'improve industry's ability to secure bank & other sources of finance'. This priority stems from the finance sectors' lack of awareness and undestanding about the oyster industry and it's potential for growth.
Kel Henry from Wonboyn Rock Oysters, and a member of the Oyster Strategy Implementation Group, subsequently approached the Australian Government's Farming Together Program and successfully applied for funding to develop a Finance Support Pack.
The materials developed will help to: