Help us create a safer world for people and for wildlife. The Native Oyster Network (UK & Ireland) Online Symposium is taking place via Zoom and live streamed onto YouTube on Monday 7th September, 10:00-13:00. The Native Olympia Oyster Collaborative (NOOC) is a coastwide network from Baja California to British Columbia to conserve and rebuild West Coast native oyster populations. 186 likes. Native Oyster Network - UK & Ireland. Find out more about the network on their website here: http://nativeoysternetwork.org/, Alison Debney manages the Native Oyster restoration project. The Native Oyster Network. Native oyster fishing and cultivation have formed the heart of coastal communities in the UK and can be traced back to Roman-times. Species of principal importance for the purpose of conservation of biodiversity, Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. Bonamiosis – caused by the haplosporidian Bonamia ostreaea Marteilia refringens, American slipper limpet Crepidula fornicata American oyster drill Urosalpinx cinerea, Oyster drill Ocenebra erinacea Common shore crab Common whelk Buccinum Undatum. Populations in Europe faced collapse in the mid-20th century due to overfishing, pollution, disease and the introduction of invasive species. Left undisturbed, oysters will form complex reef structures, which provides habitat and refuge for a diversity of organisms, such as juvenile fish, crabs, sea snails and sponges. This is an area of marine restoration that is rapidly growing as a promising method of increasing biodiversity and improving coastal water quality as well as protecting the threatened native oyster. Oyster reefs can increase fish abundance and biodiversity by providing a protected nursery ground for juvenile fish, refuge from predation and a source of food resulting from the associated biodiversity. By providing a structure colonised by algae tunicates, sponges, crabs, crustaceans and ascidians. Wild native oyster beds of Ostrea edulis are probably one of the most endangered marine habitats in Europe. The shellfish are known as ‘ecosystem engineers’ because they provide the foundation for entire ecosystems – filtering water and providing vital food and habitat for coastal wildlife. You can find out more about the initiative on our website. In addition, we are creating a ‘Mother Oyster’ sanctuary where we are translocating mature oysters who will spawn and settle on the improved seabed substrate. Across Europe the native oyster is found from the Norwegian Sea to the Atlantic coast of Morocco, and in the Mediterranean basin. At present, there are a number established native oyster restoration projects across the UK and Ireland, located in Portsmouth, Essex, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Blackwater Oysterman Association preparing native oysters before re-laying in the restoration zone. The two halves (valves) of the shell are different shapes. The left valve is concave and fixed to the substratum, the right being flat and sitting inside the left. News; Conferences. Further to this, we hope to develop volunteering and opportunities for the general public to become engaged with the network. The collaboration comprises oysterman, environmental conservation groups, academia and government. The native oyster Ostrea edulis has an oval or pear-shaped shell with a rough, scaly surface. The Native Oyster Network is a growing community of academics, conservationists, oystermen and NGO’s who are working to restore self-sustaining populations of native oysters. NORA 4 Conference 4 th – 6 th May 2021 Middelburg INFO The network aims to facilitate an ecologically coherent and collaborative approach to native oyster restoration across the UK and Ireland. The native oyster is characterised by slow growth rate and sporadic recruitment success, the number of oysters surviving to maturity can vary hugely from year to year, making it a particularly vulnerable species. Oyster beds used to be an important structural and ecological component of Britain’s bays and estuaries and have fuelled waterside economies for centuries. Native oyster reefs and beds (hereafter reefs) are formed when large numbers of living oysters and dead shells form an extensive biogenic habitat on the sea floor. With the long-term goal of developing sustainable native oyster populations across the UK and Ireland. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Many thanks to Jake Davies, Stephane Pouvreau, Luke Helmer, David Smyth, Alice Lown and the Solent Oyster Restoration Project for providing images used on this page! 145 likes. In 2013 the Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries Marine Conservation Zone was designated by the UK government with the conservation objective of recovering both native oyster beds (the habitat) and native oysters (the population) - this is the only protected area in the UK for native oyster beds. 385 Followers, 90 Following, 21 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Native Oyster Network UK & IRE (@nativeoysternet) Workshop report NORA and UK-Ireland Native Oyster Network co-hosted a workshop on Biosecurity in Oyster Restoration at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in January 2020. The European flat oyster / Native Oyster Ostrea edulis is a habitat-building bivalve mollusc.Young oysters have a planktonic phase, after which they preferentially settle out on adult oysters (Figure 1). Menu. ENORI, a collaboration of oystermen, academia, government regulators and conservationists, aiming to restore native oysters to Essex estuaries. The loss of native oysters has been so severe that natural replenishment of their native grounds is limited and is now unlikely to occur without our help. Dive for prizes with our latest campaign. Facilitating the restoration of the Native Oyster across UK and Ireland Through working with The Nature Conservancy, we are supporting the … ZSL is working collaboratively to deliver and encourage the recovery of native oysters. The European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook is the ultimate “how to” guide to native oyster restoration in the UK and Ireland. This decline makes native oyster reefs one of the most threatened marine habitats in Europe. The native oyster (Ostrea edulis) is now almost extinct in many areas around Europe, having declined by over 90 per cent due to human impacts. Facilitating the restoration of the Native Oyster across UK and Ireland In this 200 hectare area, we are restoring the native oyster beds and we are doing this by adding cultch- old shell and gravels - to the seabed. The scientists within our network also know that to protect and restore native oysters, we need the support and help of local communities. This allows juvenile oyster spat to settle and grow into mature oysters. Native oysters live on the seabed in relatively shallow coastal waters and estuaries (from the lower shore to 80m). 208728.Principal Office England - Company Number RC000749 - Registered address Regent's Park, London, England NW1 4RY. The Network was set up in 2018 by ZSL and the University of Portsmouth to support the growing need of the species, habitat and people working to restore native oysters in the UK & Ireland. Native oyster populations have declined by 95% in the UK since the mid 19th century and are now predominantly found in the south east; the Thames Estuary, the Solent and the River Fal.