Oyster thieves strike Merimbula Lake

Fifty dozen oysters stolen from farmers out of Merimbula Lake.
Fifty dozen oysters stolen from farmers out of Merimbula Lake.

Oyster thieves have targeted Wapengo and now Merimbula Lake – the second strike within two weeks.

On Tuesday, June 5, Superior Oysters were turning oyster bags close to the inlet of Merimbula Lake to discover six were missing from the middle of the lease. 

Oyster farmer Darren Deeth said the bags were “chocker block” full of stock and worth around $1000.

The six bags contained a total of 50 dozen oysters. Farmers urge anyone who may have seen acts of suspicion on the lake over the past week to report it to authorities. 

“If anyone has seen the bags on someones boat or kayak, it is likely not theirs. Please report it,” said Mr Deeth. 

Oyster theft is a serious crime where penalties of up to $250,000 and imprisonment apply.

If you know any information in regards to the stolen bags or see anything suspicious in the future, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Six floating bags stolen from Merimbula Lake.

Six floating bags stolen from Merimbula Lake.