War on waste: Recycling shells from your plate to benefit the ocean

Have you ever thought about what happens to the shells from a bowl of mussels or a plate of oysters?In most parts of Australia, there’s a high chance they will end up in landfill. But for the last two years, restaurants and seafood wholesalers in Geelong, south-west of Melbourne, have been donating their shells to […]

The Angasi oyster makes a comeback

From fished out to fresh again, the Angasi oyster is returning. Back in Australia’s colonial past, early settlers were often keen to either establish or find a “little piece of England” so, when they discovered the Angasi oyster, they saw how similar it was to the flat oysters they were used to back at home. […]

Victoria’s only native oysters to make their comeback to clean bay

The scene is set for Victoria’s only native oysters to start their work of cleaning the waters in Port Phillip Bay and attracting more fish after 360 tonnes of limestone rubble was laid on the seabed. Led by The Nature Conservancy, the Port Phillip Shellfish Reef restoration project is one of the state’s largest bay restoration programs. […]

Recycling initiative to help oyster population in Pumicestone Passage

THE people running this recycling project are not after plastic bottles or aluminium cans — they want oyster shells. Moreton Bay Regional Council has agreed to enter into a five-year community lease with aquatic animal health experts, Digsfish Services, to help their groundbreaking work to restore shellfish reefs and improve water quality in the Pumicestone […]

Oysters key in shellfish reef conservation project

HUNDREDS of thousands of oysters will be spread on the sea floor near Geelong under a major project aimed at restoring shellfish reefs The Nature Conservancy is focusing its rehabilitation efforts on Wilson Spit, which is south of Avalon, and a site off St Kilda. The group has started works on stage two of its […]

Australia Day Award for SA Port River Shellfish Restoration Working Group

The Port Adelaide Shellfish Restoration Project Group received an Australia Day Award for their restoration efforts in Port River. They were awarded for promoting inclusion of young people through community-based citizen science opportunities. Local partnerships have been developed with schools and local businesses on the Lefevre Peninsula to facilitate the monitoring of trial shellfish restoration […]

Victoria’s only native oyster to return to help clean the bay

Port Phillip Bay’s only native oyster is making a comeback – and the humble shellfish will help clean and filter the bay’s murky waters. The project kicks off just weeks after Port Phillip Bay’s beaches were declared off limits for days in January due to stormwaters flushing dangerous levels of excrement and detritus into the […]

Oysters are the living natural skin of our coast

Chugging up the Pumicestone Passage in the tour boat, all of us from the conference watched the bloom of jellyfish go by. The pale blue animals crowded the 35-kilometre waterway between the Sunshine Coast and Bribie Island. Also blooming was Lyngbya, large clusters of toxic blue-green algae. All these creatures take advantage of the mix of […]