Ron and Jan Guinea of Wooli Oyster Supply have decided to keep it local and only sell oysters through shops in Wooli.
Ron and Jan Guinea of Wooli Oyster Supply have decided to keep it local and only sell oysters through shops in Wooli. Adam Hourigan

Wooli Oyster Supply ceases wholesale trade

FOURTEEN years after buying Wooli Oyster Supply, Ron and Kim Guinea have decided to stop selling wholesale oysters.

"We are finding it hard to compete with the Sydney Market," Mr Guinea said.

"Everyone is selling oysters now, until we have our own oysters out of our own rivers we just can't compete," he said.

"The only place you will be able to buy Wooli oysters now is in Wooli."

But the Guinea's have come up with a new business plan to keep the customers flowing.

"We've established cooking as our next adventure,

"In Wooli its never been that you can have a fresh piece of fish out of the display case and have it cooked," Mr Guinea said.

As much as possible, they try to source fish from the local fisherman in Wooli.

"They will come in and supply us with fish, there are a couple of professional fisherman working out of here," Mr Guinea said. He added that when they can't source the fish locally, they try to get it from Maclean or Coffs Harbour.

The Guinea's feel the change to their local business will be a positive thing for the community.

"We feel it's a good move... it's good for visitors to the community just to have that because we've never had that before," he said about their move to cooking fresh fish.

Even in the off-peak times, Mr Guinea feels like their business is flourishing.

"We feel business has changed in the off peak, we seem to be getting more business in the off peak because its affordable,

"People can afford to stay in the houses," Mr Guinea said about the price of accommodation changing tourism in Wooli.

But Mr Guinea said he wanted it to be clear they would still be selling oysters from October through to March.

"Its only six months of the year where you have to go to a deeper flowing river," he said.

The Guinea's will also be moving into selling Sydney Rock seed to help the farmers in areas affected by Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome.

"With that disease, down in Tasmania devastating the Pacific Oysters so farmers have to look into Sydney Rock," he said.



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