My name is Shane Buckley and I’m the proud owner of Wapengo Rocks. We specialise in wild caught native Rock Oysters from Wapengo Lake, situated on the Far South Coast of NSW. We bought the farm in 2007 from Young Bob who has hung around and provided invaluable mentorship.
Oyster farming has been a part of Wapengo Lake since the 1890s. Evidence of the earliest techniques can be seen along our shoreline with some old rock rows still in place. Today, our infrastructure is quite different.

It’s taken six years to transition standard ‘post and rail’ cultivation techniques to more sustainable practices. We now use only recycled or recyclable materials rather than industry standard treated pine and tar coated sticks. The new floating ‘dynamic long line’ system has less impact on the lake bed and encourages sea grasses to regrow where they previously died off due to over-shading. We’re keen on promoting the restoration of the ecosystem and habitat as much as possible. It’s our obligation and I feel privileged to farm in such a beautiful environment surrounded by State Forests and National Parks.

Our efforts culminated in receiving organic certification from Australian Certified Organic (ACO) in May 2013. That’s how we became Wapengo Rocks Wild Organic Oysters. We’re also involved in industry bodies because we want to see an increase in sustainability (and oyster lovers). Last year we purchased a second farm and we’re working on transforming it too. Oyster farmers must be crazy – it’s back breaking work but a labour of love. Fortunately, oysters aren’t hard to lasso.