After a year of ashy water, floods and COVID-19 lockdowns, oyster farmers across the state were looking forward to a bumper summer season.
- Many oyster farms in NSW have had to close or stop harvesting due to recent heavy rainfall
- The combination of bushfires and rain has increased the prospect of disease in oysters
- Farmers are also concerned a warming climate could bring more diseases, pests, and savage weather
But recent rainfall along the New South Wales coast could be the final blow for many farmers — particularly those on the Macleay River.
Oyster farmer David Smith said more wet weather would herald another challenging year.
“We’ve got a trifecta of pain for oyster farmers on the Macleay at the moment,” he said.
“Now we have…