Chamber welcomes first pearl harvest

A clutch of Brisbane Water pearlsA clutch of Brisbane Water pearls

[Woy Woy] The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the news of the first harvest of pearls from the Brisbane Water.

The Chamber views Broken Bay Pearls as the birth of an important niche industry on the Peninsula. “While our local waters have been home to oyster farmers for over 100 years, it now appears that our waterways have the perfect conditions for growing magnificent pearls as we can see from the very first harvest by local producers of Broken Bay Pearls”, said Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales. “Local jewellers Julie and David Mitcheson, owners of Seaspray Fine Jewellery Umina, have the marketing and selling rights to the first harvest of pearls.

“Obviously they are very excited about this important industry event which is hoped will create a world-class pearl product. “In order to promote our area and create jobs in the local economy, it is important that business such as Broken Bay Pearls are supported and encouraged,” said Mr Wales. “The production and marketing partnership between Broken Bay Pearls and Seaspray Jewellers is a great example of local cooperation that has the potential to create wider investment in the area and re-establish Brisbane Water as a key marine economy alongside our oyster industry,” Mr Wales said.

SOURCE: Media release, 31 May 2018 Debra Wales, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce