Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, Andy's work focuses on restoring Blue Mussel reefs in lower marine waters and Black Pygmy Mussel communities in the middle-upper estuarine waters of the Swan-Canning River system.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Andy worked as part of the Murdoch University team undertaking the background field research required to progress shellfish restoration in the Swan.
He has a Master of Biological Science, studying tropical oyster recruitment and aquaculture in the Kimberley region of Western Australia
Places We Protect
Swan Canning Estuary
Shellfish reefs were once abundant in Perth's Swan-Canning Estuary. With the loss of these natural water filters that historically lived there, the health of the estuary is at risk, but we’re bringing them back.
Restoring shellfish reefs
Shellfish reefs are Australia’s most critically endangered marine ecosystem. Made up of billions of oysters and mussels, they once thrived in Australia’s bays and estuaries from Noosa in Queensland right around Australia’s southern coastline to Perth in Western Australia. Now less than 10% remain.