The cycles of natural abundance around Ballina ebbed and flowed with the life of the estuary. The gatherings for the oyster harvests in the mud flats along North Creek were one example of this.
Another was the signs that signalled the mullet runs were about to start. This was something that Uncle Douglas Cook spoke of in an interview in 1983.
In harvesting the mullet, Aboriginal people had some powerful allies in the form of the dolphins (porpoises) living in and around the mouth of the Richmond River. Uncle Henry Cook spoke of this in the interview he did with John Gordon in 1968.
When speaking with Marcus Ferguson in an interview undertaken in 2015, Uncle Lewis Cook also spoke of his memories of how helpful dolphins were in catching a haul of mullet.
Then, in between the times of seasonal abundance there was always a feed at hand if you found a handy cabbage tree palm ...