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Artificial reefs bringing Queensland waterways back to life

Communities have taken the lead in two new projects to bring oysters and, hopefully, fish back to popular Queensland tourist spots.

More than 100 years ago, oysters were so plentiful around south-east Queensland that entire reefs were dredged up to supply oyster saloons interstate.

A group including the Noosa Parks Association, Noosa Biosphere and researchers decided to install artificial oyster reefs in several locations in the Noosa river.

The reefs were made from large bags of coconut mesh filled with oyster shells.

“We call them our oyster sausages” Dr Gilby said.

The plan was for the sausages to attract baby oysters, or spats, which would then grow and take over the infrastructure, to make a natural reef.

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Posted on 15th Jan 2018

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