Oyster reef restoration
Natural oyster reefs are good for our waterways. They:
- provide food and shelter for fish and other animals
- improve water quality by filtering and cleaning water
- protect shorelines from wave erosion.
But oyster reefs don’t provide these benefits like they once did because they have almost completely disappeared in NSW. In the past, oyster reefs were lost due to over-harvesting, disease, land reclamation and sediments from run-off.
The aim of this action is to bring back oyster reefs in NSW so they can do their job again – naturally.
The action will:
- deliver the first large-scale trial of oyster reef restoration in NSW
- study the best ways to restore natural oyster reefs
- identify the most suitable places in NSW for reef restoration projects
- explain why oyster reefs are important and how to restore them.
- 27 October 2020 - NSW Oyster Reef Mapping - NSW Fisheries are building a picture of current shellfish reef in NSW by mapping remnant reefs in priority estuaries across the state. They also invite the public to help out by recording their knowledge of reef locations through the Shellfish Reef Reporter citizen scientist tool.
- 22 May 2020 - Oyster reef restoration pilot builds one hectare of habitat - The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has taken the first step in an ambitious restoration project, with the completion of the Port Stephens oyster reef.
- 7 Apr 2020 - NSW recreational fishers shellfish reef survey - NSW DPI (Fisheries) invites recreational fishers to participate in a survey about natural shellfish reefs and shellfish reef restoration.
- 17 Mar 2020 - Looking for new life on artificial oyster reefs - Researchers have begun underwater monitoring to look for the first signs of success on an oyster reef restoration project underway in Port Stephens.
- 16 Mar 2020 - 20th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration officially postponed - The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and conference team have officially postponed the 20th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration until later in the year due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Identify suitable reef restoration sites
- Work with oyster farmers
- Educate and inform coastal communities and key stakeholders
- Research restoration methods
- Reef restoration pilot project site
- Department of Primary Industries
- OceanWatch Australia
- Macquarie University
- University of NSW
- Sydney University
- Southern Cross University
- Sydney Institute of Marine Science
- How to get involved
- Where have the oyster reefs gone?
- Restoring oyster reefs in Port Stephens
- Infographic - Where have our oyster reefs gone? (PDF, 10947.7 KB)
- Infographic - Benefits of oyster reefs (PDF, 7842.26 KB)
- Infographic - Oyster reef restoration supports local economies (PDF, 7582.64 KB)
- Fact sheet - Oyster reef mapping criteria (PDF, 2138.83 KB)
- Fact sheet - Local council oyster reef restoration coastal management program (PDF, 300.27 KB)
- Summary report - Oyster reef restoration industry survey (PDF, 300.08 KB)
Ask a question or send a comment about this action to:
North coast (Qld border to Newcastle)
Charlotte Jenkins - email@example.com
Central coast (Newcastle to Wollongong)
Kirk Dahle - firstname.lastname@example.org
South coast (Wollongong to Vic border)
Jillian Keating - email@example.com
Page last updated/reviewed: 28 Oct 2020