Oyster poachers are robbing leases on the Mid North Coast prompting a warning to restaurant owners not to purchase black market harvests.
Oyster poachers are robbing leases on the Mid North Coast prompting a warning to restaurant owners not to purchase black market harvests.

Oyster thieves active on the coast

RESTAURANT owners and oyster farmers on the Mid North Coast have been warned that oyster thieves have been active further south in recent weeks.

The latest theft in a long list of offences saw a large quantity of oysters stolen from a lease near Port Stephens, and police have warned restaurant and business owners to be on the look out for anyone trying to sell black market oysters.

Police said the thieves stole 300 dozen plate-size and regular size Pacific Oysters from a lease at Cromarty Bay, Soldiers Point.

The oysters were removed from leases by a boat on low tide.

Similar offences occured on the Nambucca and Kalang rivers around Easter and Christmas.

The public is urged to report suspicious behaviour around oyster leases to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.  



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