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“When we first looked at it in the 90s it was
a derelict junkyard, with nothing there but a
brick shed and a concrete ramp where they’d
drag boats up and down, as well as a pipeline
for pumping water.
“Once we renew the lease the beautification
The hatchery was originally established by
Mr Cooper in 1995 for his Kilcunda Abalone
At the time, the Newhaven facility both pro -
vided aquaculture research and development,
as well as abalone spawn production for his
offshore grow-out leases in Kilcunda and
However the hatchery and abalone leases
closed in 2005, the first year the business was
to yield a crop, after an abalone virus wiped
out the business, costing millions of dollars.
Mr Cooper said for several years after 2005
the hatchery continued research and develop -
ment on other possible businesses including
mussels, oysters, and even seahorses and sea-
grasses, and for about a year around 2008 the
hatchery sold seafood on the Newhaven jetty.
“But buying and selling fish was not our ex-
pertise, ” s aid Mr Cooper, who is an abalone
diver by trade.
“So we shut down and lost about 10 of our
specialist staff. ”
He said it was only after his company acted
as abalone and oyster consultants for a Moroc-
can business in the Sahara Desert (“no it’s not
a joke”) that he began focussing his interests
on the native angasi oyster, which was histori-
cally a large industry in Western Port Bay.
“I noticed there was a big market for angasi
oysters,” he said.
“Back at the turn of the century the anga-
si oyster covered the bay. Explorer Matthew
Flinders and his crew apparently lived on
“Fishermen, under sail, would drag a bucket
behind their boat which would break up the
oyster beds and after a while, when oysters
spawned, there was nothing for the larvae to
“So around 1901, I think it was, the govern-
ment saw there was over-fishing and put a
stop to it.”
Mr Cooper added his research had found
significant numbers of the introduced Pacific
oyster in Western Port, which are a marine
“Angasi are important for the Western Port
environment because of the amount of seawa-
ter they filter – they strip the water of turbidity
and unwanted nutrients, and sink carbon out
of the water to create their shells. ”
Phillip Island Oyster Hatchery will source
angasi brood stock from Western Port, which
they will then spawn at Newhaven, before
sending these baby oysters to Flinders to grow
Mr Cooper said his oyster business was
waiting on confirmation of the lease extension
before they could secure $10 million in invest-
ment money to kick start production.
“We have everything in place except the
hatchery lease, ” he said.
“If it all goes according to plan we’ll be up
and operational this time next year. ”
While there are smaller angasi oyster pro -
ducers around Victoria, and larger businesses
in other states, Mr Cooper said his business
would be one of the largest.
The business will employ up to 20 staff lo -
cally, including senior biologists, technicians
and farm staff.
He said his 20 hectare lease at Kilcunda was
not suitable for oysters, with the company still
interested in expanding its hatchery expertise
to the likes of mussels, pippis and even pos-
sibly abalone again.
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A native angasi oyster, the species that his-
torically populated Western Port and which the
Phillip Island Oyster Hatchery is proposing to
spawn at Newhaven.
OVER loaded bins at The Esplanade in Cowes last Saturday night caused concern for some
One concerned resident, who did not wish to be named, wants to ask the Bass Coast Shire
why no extra bins seem to be provided for events and at this busy time of the year.
“Visitors to the night market at Erewhon Point and the Kustom Cars left overflowing rub-
bish at the end of the main street. The mess was absolutely disgraceful,” said the resident.
“There was so much rubbish. Between the time the events ended and when the Council
cleaned up, it would easily end up in the ocean. The wind, birds and animals carry rubbish
to the beaches and street drains quickly.”
AN 18-year-old male from Corinella has been
remanded in custody after Bass Coast detec-
tives charged him with conduct endangering
Police launched an investigation after a police
officer narrowly avoided injury - or even death
- when a small red hatchback failed to stop at a
booze bus site and almost ran him over at Phil-
lip Island on New Year’s Eve.
The 18-year-old was remanded to a hearing
at the Latrobe Magistrates’ Court on January 4.
Investigators would like to thank the public
for their assistance so far and are still inter-
ested to hear from anyone with information in
relation to the incident.
Anyone with information can contact the Bass
Coast CIU on 56714100 or via Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000.
In court after booze bus near-miss
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