where 28,000 Australian Flat Oysters were laid upon the reconstructed reef base.
Construction of Yorke Peninsula Shellfish Reef where 28,000 Australian Flat Oysters were laid upon the reconstructed reef base. © Anita Nedosyko

Land & Water Stories

Our innovative restoration science

Collaborating to get more reefs in our waters

Undertaking best practice restoration requires scientific understanding of historical distributions, causes for habitat decline and innovative methods for reinstating the structure and function of marine habitats. We’re making strategic investments and utilising The Nature Conservancy’s network of over 600 scientists to ensure we use the latest, evidence-based science to restore healthy marine habitats.

We’ve created the Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network to bring together restoration practitioners, researchers and the community to help drive the national agenda on shellfish reef research.

We are partnering with James Cook University and the National Environmental Science Program’s Marine Biodiversity Hub to determine the most efficient way to restore native Sydney rock oyster reefs and to measure the benefits they provide to both people and nature.

At the same time, we’re working with researchers and the shellfish aquaculture industry to improve our understanding of best practice methods for rearing the native flat oyster in hatcheries and growing them out on longlines.

We also support a number of student research projects with our university partners, aimed at improving knowledge on habitat restoration and the critical services they provide to both nature and people.

By applying decades of experience and cooperating with other experts throughout the community, we hope to be able to achieve successful reef restoration projects across southern Australia’s bays and estuaries.