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.
- 18 Dec 2019 - Oyster Reef Restoration gets underway in Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park - Port Stephens will soon be a hive of activity with construction about to commence on the first large scale oyster reef restoration project in NSW.
- 9 Aug 2019 - Oyster reef industry survey results are in! - Results from a survey of participants in the NSW oyster industry about natural oyster reefs were unveiled at the NSW Oyster Conference in Forster.
- Jan 2019 - Survey open to NSW oyster industry - Participants in the NSW oyster industry are invited to provide input to the oyster reef restoration project.
- 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
- OceanWatch Australia
- Macquarie University
- University of NSW
- Sydney University
- Southern Cross University
- Sydney Institute of Marine Science
Ask a question or send a comment about this action to:
North coast (Qld border to Newcastle)
Charlotte Jenkins - firstname.lastname@example.org
Central coast (Newcastle to Wollongong)
Kirk Dahle - email@example.com
South coast (Wollongong to Vic border)
Jillian Keating - firstname.lastname@example.org
Page last updated/reviewed: 20 Dec 2019