Molluscs 2018 Symposium in Wellington – December

The Malacological Society of Australasia is hosting the 2018 Molluscs Symposium at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (aka ‘Te Papa’), in Wellington, New Zealand, from December 2-5, 2018. This will be the first time the MSA’s triennial conference will be held in New Zealand, and we warmly welcome all malacological scientists, students, […]

International shellfish restoration conference hosted in Australia

The 19th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration was held at the University of Adelaide 19-21 February 2018. This is the first time the conference has been held in the southern hemisphere and reflects the rapid increase in restoration research and practice in Australia.Over 70 delegates were present over the three day conference, including speakers from […]

Giant man-made reef ready to revive Australia’s native oyster

The final construction stage of the largest man-made oyster reef system outside the United States has been completed in South Australia. The 20-hectare (50 acre) reef in the waters of Gulf St Vincent in South Australia is the first of what is hoped to be five major reef projects in the state to revive wild […]

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. Kerry Jones from the Kabi Kabi First Nation said oysters had […]

Marine scientists urge protection for endangered shellfish reefs

Marine scientists are lobbying the federal government to ensure protection for Australia’s most endangered – but least known – ocean ecosystem. Shellfish reefs, formed by millions of oysters or mussels clustering together in or near the mouths of estuaries, have declined by up 99% since British colonisation. Yet they are not formally recognised as a threatened […]

Restoring oyster reefs for better fish life

PLUMP Noosa River oysters may be back on the market in the coming years as local researchers help restore the health and marine biodiversity by opening 14 “fish hotels” There has been no commercial oyster harvesting in Noosa estuary system since about 650 growing cages were removed from Lake Weyba in the 1960s, but now […]

PhD Opportunity – Development of culture techniques for the native oyster, Ostrea Angasi, to maximise farm production and restore reef habitat

In recent years there have been various attempts in Tasmania and South Australia to culture the native (flat) oyster, Ostrea angasi, but they have never developed into a major industry, largely because Pacific oysters have been easier and faster to grow. However, with the recent outbreak of OsHV-1 virus causing Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS), […]

EXCITING EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network Meeting & 19th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration Please plan on joining shellfish restoration experts, resource managers, shellfish growers, community groups, NGOs and others in the ‘City of Churches’ Adelaide for a joint conference between International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR) and the Australian Shellfish Reef Restoration Network (SRRN). The three day […]

War on waste: Recycling shells from your plate to benefit the ocean

Have you ever thought about what happens to the shells from a bowl of mussels or a plate of oysters?In most parts of Australia, there’s a high chance they will end up in landfill. But for the last two years, restaurants and seafood wholesalers in Geelong, south-west of Melbourne, have been donating their shells to […]