A smelly pile of empty shells buzzing with blowflies is the first step in an ambitious project to restore the lost reefs of the Pumicestone Passage in Queensland.
After several years of groundwork, Queensland’s first oyster recycling project has begun accepting shells at the Ningi waste transfer station near Bribie Island.
Marine biologist Ben Diggles said the project would play a crucial role in re-establishing a once-thriving ecosystem.
“Today is a great day for us,” Dr Diggles said.
“We’re developing a modern midden by recycling oysters, diverting them from waste streams and converting them back to a useful product, which is raw material to rebuild shellfish reefs within Pumicestone Passage.
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