Clyde oyster farmers offer theft reward in hope of getting convictions

Ray Wilcox says a reward would encourage people to keep an eye on what is happening in the Clyde River. Photo: Kate Ryan Ray Wilcox says a reward would encourage people to keep an eye on what is happening in the Clyde River. Photo: Kate Ryan
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Ray Wilcox says a reward would encourage people to keep an eye on what is happening in the Clyde River. Photo: Kate Ryan

Ray Wilcox says a reward would encourage people to keep an eye on what is happening in the Clyde River. Photo: Kate Ryan

Ripped off oyster farmers are offering a reward for information leading to the convictions of thieves raiding their leases.

The farmers will also install surveillance near their Clyde River leases, after a series of stock and equipment thefts.

At a meeting on Friday, October 3, eleven farmers said they were robbed in the past 12 months and agreed to contribute to a reward fund.

Spokesman Ray Wilcox would not reveal the amount,but said a reward would encourage the public to keep an eye out on the river.

“We are depending on the public, who are out on the river fishing,” he said.

“You have to catch thieves in the act.

“We can’t be on the water all day and night.

“These people can come any time they like.”

It was suspected the stolen oysters were being sold in the ACT.

Although theft has increased, it is an old problem for farmers.

“I had about ten thousand dollars worth stolen a few years ago,” one farmer said at the meeting.

Trays and equipment have also been taken, adding to costs.

“Sometimes we find the trays dumped,” Mr Wilcox said.

To report theft or suspicious activity around an oyster lease visit www.oysterconnect杭州龙凤论坛m.au or call Ray Wilcox on 0408 758 720.

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