Agriculture Minister refuses oyster cultivation licences for over 30 Castlemaine Harbour sites

The Agriculture Minister has refused to grant permission for aquaculture and foreshore licences for over thirty locations in Castlemaine Harbour.

The applications all relate to the cultivation of pacific oysters.

The Department determined that granting the applications were not in the public interest as the proposed sites were located in a Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

Applicants can appeal the decision within the next month.