Recognition for conservation efforts

While most of our efforts go towards projects in the field to conserve nature, it’s nice to be recognised occasionally for this hard work. The extra attention this brings helps us to spread our message of nature conservation within the community. And the occasional prize money is always welcome to further our mission.  Here’s some of the awards we’ve recently received:

Restoring the Lost Shellfish Reefs of Port Phillip Bay

Our project to Restore the Lost Shellfish Reefs of Port Phillip Bay was named as a finalist in the ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ category of the 2018 Victorian Coastal Awards. and in the 2018 Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) Award for Restoration Excellence.


Cullen Gunn, Kilter Rural; Kathryn Ridge, Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group; Rich Gilmore and Dr James Fitzsimons, The Nature Conservancy (left to right) receive the Award form Andrew Petersen, Sustainable Business Australia.

WINNER 2017 Banksia Sustainability Awards: Natural Capital Category – Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund

The Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund provides water security for farmers, while protecting culturally significant wetlands that support threatened species and ecosystems. It invests in permanent water rights in the southern Murray-Darling Basin and allocates those rights in a smart way. When water is abundant and agricultural demand is lower, more water is made available to local wetlands. When water is scarce and agricultural demand is higher, more water is made available to irrigation. This approach optimises agricultural and environmental outcomes by replicating the natural wetting and drying cycles of the Basin. It’s a win-win approach, aligning the interests of people and nature. Find our more here.

26 October 2017: Simon Branigan, Marine Restoration Coordinator, TNC Australia and Alex Smith, Little Creatures Geelong accept the Premier’s Sustainability Award (Community Category) from Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP.

WINNER 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards: Community Category – Shuck Don’t Chuck

The first of its kind in Australia, Shuck Don’t Chuck is a recycling program that helps to regenerate shellfish reefs with leftover oyster shells collected from local seafood restaurants and suppliers.

The program was pioneered in the US and, in Australia, The Nature Conservancy is importing this international know-how and tailoring it to local conditions through work with scientists, aquaculture farmers, seafood outlets and wholesalers.

Shells are quarantined and cured for six months then reused as new oyster and mussel reef habitat, diverting that waste from landfill in the short term and creating a healthier bay with improved water quality and habitat. Find out more here.

WINNER 2016 Google Impact Challenge: Australia – FishFace

On 26th October 2016 our FishFace project was announced winner in the popular vote for the 2016 Google Impact Challenge: Australia.

This provided us with $750,000 to develop our game-changing technology that will protect global fish stocks, the livelihoods of coastal communities and provide a sustainable food source for billions of people.

Tens of thousands of people from all over the world voted for FishFace which got us across the line and we thank everyone for their support and interest in creating sustainable fisheries for people and nature.

What is FishFace? Find out here.