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Could oysters be the answer to declining water quality? Exploring the ‘lost’ oyster reef off Sunshine Coast

PHOTO: Marine biologist Dr Ben Diggles at the last oyster farm in Moreton Bay's Pumicestone Passage (ABC Sunshine Coast Rural news: Jennifer Nichols )

Everyone’s heard of the Great Barrier Reef, but did you know Brisbane was built on the back of a thriving reef, that’s disappeared into the history books?

Now there is a community driven program to restore the reef and improve Moreton Bay’s water quality, fish stocks and seagrass in the process.

When marine biologist Dr Ben Diggles went to help the last remaining oyster farmer in the Pumicestone Passage with his struggling crop, he discovered the remnants of “the lost shellfish reef”.

To read the full article on the ABC News website follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-18/restoring-oyster-reefs-sunshine-coast-pumicestone-passage/7257694

Posted on 14th Mar 2016

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