The Shellfish Reef Habitats report describes the historic extent and current knowledge of Australian shellfish reefs and identifies knowledge gaps and future research priorities with the aim of supporting restoration efforts.
This report should be cited as:
Gillies CL, Creighton C and McLeod IM (eds) (2015) Shellfish reef habitats: a synopsis to underpin the repair and conservation of Australia’s environmentally, socially and economically important bays and estuaries. Report to the National Environmental Science Programme, Marine Biodiversity Hub. Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) Publication, James Cook University, Townsville, 68 pp.
The Oyster Habitat Restoration Monitoring and Assessment Handbook recommends a set of Universal Metrics that should be monitored for all oyster restoration projects. The handbook also presents guidelines for assessing optimal restoration goal-based metrics.
The paper‘Australian shellfish ecosystems: Past distribution, current status and future direction’ reviews the status of marine shellfish ecosystems formed primarily by bivalves in Australia, including: identifying ecosystem-forming species, assessing their historical and current extent, causes for decline and past and present management.
NOAA and the Nature Conservancy’s ‘A Practitioners Guide to the Design and Monitoring of Shellfish Restoration Projects’ has been written to assist restoration practitioners design and monitoring shellfish restoration projects that restore not only the populations of target shellfish species – primarily clams, oysters, scallops – but also the ‘ecosystem services’ associated with healthy populations of these organisms.
This animated video provides an overview of the importance of oysters for water quality, habitat, and the economy, as well as an introduction to restoration.