Fishing Industry at Hastings
Oysters were harvested by dragging a dredge along the bay floor from a sailing boat. The industry commenced in the 1850s with dredging around Rhyll, Corinella and French Island. In the 1860s over harvesting occurred and by the 1920s the oyster beds were depleted.
The fishing industry was one of the earliest industries established in the Hastings area, with fishermen settling there in the 1840s and early 1850s.
The Hastings Jetty was built in 1864 and was the focal point of fishing activities. Fishing continued as a major local industry in Western Port until the 1960s. As industrial development grew, commercial fishing declined, and now only recreational fishermen continue to fish in the bay.