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Oyster reef restoration to boost reproduction & survival

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have undertaken the largest oyster reef restoration project outside the United States in the coastal waters of Gulf St Vincent, near Ardrossan in South Australia.

18,000 tonnes of limestone and 7 million baby oysters set to provide the initial foundations for a 20-hectare reef.

Image - Scientists dive deep to save sinking oyster population

This honours project explores the restoration of oyster reefs by trailing techniques to boost reproduction and survival.

Today, oyster populations are at less than 1% of their pre-colonial extent in Australia. Globally it is estimated that 85% of oyster habitat has been lost in the past few centuries, making it one of the most exploited marine habitats in the world.

The restoration project in Gulf St Vincent aims to pull our native mud oyster back from the brink of extinction in the wild, and restore a forgotten ecosystem that once teemed with marine life.

Scientists dive deep to save sinking oyster population

Earth and Environmental Science Professor Sean Connell

Supervisor

Professor Sean Connell

Research area: Save our oceans - wildlife & restoration ecology

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Ecology and Environmental Science

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