Oyster farmers protecting seagrass

Commercial oyster lease equipment floating above a seagrass bed.


The NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy outlines actions oyster farmers should take to help protect seagrass.

Overall, this strategy gives oyster farmers a framework for sustainable oyster farming in NSW that includes actions to:

  • protect the natural environment
  • allow for the needs of other user groups
  • optimise farming efficiency.

Research is being done on the interaction between various types of oyster farming infrastructure and seagrass. The results will give NSW oyster farmers the most effective and practical information to protect seagrass in their day-to-day activities.

Development of sustainable techniques and reducing environmental impacts on seagrass will:

  • meet growing demands for oysters
  • protect seagrass as habitat for fish and other aquatic animals and plants
  • reduce erosion and improve water quality
  • protect seagrass communities as a food source for fish and other aquatic fauna.

Latest news

March 2020 - Developing solutions to promote healthy Posidonia meadows in oyster farms project progress report provided to Aquaculture Research Advisory Committee.


Port Stephens

Lead agency

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)


  • University of New South Wales

More information

NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy Third Edition 2016


For more information, contact:

Graeme Bowley - Email: graeme.bowley@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated/reviewed: 14 Jul 2020