Agriculture & Fishing
Agriculture & Fishing is seen as an important part of the rural and coastal ambience of Port Stephens with great opportunity for growth.
The rural areas of Port Stephens have a range of agricultural activities, including Horticulture and Fruit Growing, Grain, Sheep and Beef Cattle Farming and Poultry Farming.
Recent trends in agribusiness have seen the development of a number of niche areas of production including goat milk, goat and rabbit meat, native and fresh flowers, herbs, viticulture and asian vegetables.
Aquaculture and marine fishing are mainly located in Salamander Bay, Anna Bay and Tanilba Bay. The main marine fishing fleet is based at the Nelson Bay Marina and the Fishermen’s Co-op.
Aquaculture has been traditionally focused on oyster farming but other forms of aquaculture are seen as major opportunities. Other future opportunities are seen in linking these sectors to the tourism market through the development of a food trail and through rural based B&Bs.