James A. Wood, Owner Operator
Since establishing Rockin’ Oysters in 2009, I have built a commercial oyster business on the Camden Haven River harvesting Sydney Rock Oysters.
I am passionate about the environment and sustainability with a focus on water quality and the health of the waterways. Camden Haven River has occupied oyster farmers for more than 90 years and through improved techniques we are reducing the impact on the environment. I’m committed to insuring the industry remains strong and viable and together with like-minded farmers we are working with council and the local community to create a shared co-operative to draw attention on the vitality of the industry.
Our colleagues on the Hastings River are also shining a bright light on the quality of oysters and with the differing farming methods and waterways, we have a unique variance in flavours or ‘terroir’ in our oysters from the region.
Oyster farming requires persistence and experimentation to gain the necessary skills to produce a great oyster and viable business. Working with the environment can have its challenges, through flooding and closers I have endured it all. I hold leases on six hectares and the estuary is shared with eight farmers. Oyster farming is one of the oldest aquaculture industries in Australia and I’ve been inspired by the hard work of the early farmers.
I have had a diverse career including pathology, web design and even worked for a record label, hence the name Rockin’ Oysters. Eventually, I wanted to return to doing what my soul likes, which is water, boats, sun, beach and fishing. Luckily for me, being an oyster farmer comes with all of these perks.