Streaky Bay Oyster Industry
Streaky Bay is located in the mid west region of Eyre Peninsula, and is emerging as a major producer of quality oysters, grown in pristine quality assured waters.
Original settlers in Streaky Bay reported large harvests of natural oysters for many years, before the first commercial lease for growing Pacific Oysters was approved by the Development Assessment Commission in July 1988. However it was not until eleven years later, when oyster growers moved out of the sheltered waters of Blancheport into the more open waters of Streaky Bay itself, that oyster farming became truly viable. This is because of the higher flow rates of nutrient rich seawater.
There are now four growing regions within the Streaky Bay Aquaculture Management Zone – Blancheport, Point Gibson (Hummocks), Perlubie (South Bank) and Haslam (North Bank). All these regions are regularly monitored for water and shellfish quality by independent auditors under the South Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program. (SASQAP). There are fourteen businesses currently farming a total of 198 hectares within these regions.
Streaky Bay oysters are renowned for their sweet flavor and are now enjoyed by many people all over Australia and indeed internationally, and are highly sought after.