University of Dubrovnik
Kruno Bonačić is a researcher and assistant professor at the Department of Aquaculture, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia and heads the University’s new research laboratory in Mali Stonbay – the biggest producer of Ostrea edulis in the Mediterranean. The laboratory is primarily dedicated to protecting and developing the aquaculture of this species in the region. Kruno’s work is related to long-line suspended culture, environmental monitoring and hatchery production of native oysters, but he also has expertise in aquaculture nutrition, genetics and different production systems.
French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea
Research scientist, French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), Project manager, Department of Biological Resources and Environment, Ifremer, France Since 1994, Pierre’s research is dedicated to genetics and genomics of bivalves. Most of his research is connected with aquaculture or conservation issues and has led to over 150 publications, resulting in his designation in a bibliographic analysis (DOI 10.1007/s10499-015-9928-1) as the most productive author in of oyster research worldwide from 1991 to 2014. Since January 2021, Pierre is the Director of Biogenouest, the network of life sciences technology core facilities in Western France.
Scottish Natural Heritage
With a background in marine environmental management, biogeography and taxonomy, Cass worked practically in Ireland/ Northern Ireland developing monitoring (including reproduction and planktonic larvae), research, management and enhancement approaches for Ostrea edulis populations and fisheries. Cass is currently working within the Scottish Natural Heritage Marine Fisheries team – this role includes developing and providing advice on native oysters and their conservation and restoration in Scottish waters.
Zoological Society London (UK-Ireland Native Oyster Network)
Alison is the Senior Conservation Programme Manager for UK and Europe at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Alison has 25 years’ experience in delivering marine and freshwater conservation projects around the world focussing on the sustainable management of natural resources withbeneficial outcomes for both wildlife and people. Alison is the Chair of the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI), Co-Chair of the Native Oyster Network for UK & Ireland and a member of the NORA steering committee. Alison has recently been elected to the board of the European Wetland Association.
Atlantic Shellfish Ltd. Cork
Tristan Hugh-Jones manages the Rossmore native oyster farm in Cork, Ireland with his brother Rupert, running 22 spatting ponds during the summers. Since 1996 he has run the Loch Ryan wild native fishery in Scotland, and is also restoring the Helford native fishery in Cornwall. He is a Council member of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, and sits on the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers management committee.
Henning von Nordheim
BfN and Rostock University
Henning is marine benthic ecologist and has been establishing interest and research through supplying concepts and funding by his Agency for the restoration of Native oyster reefs in Europe and particularly in Germany for more than a decade. From 1992-2020, Henning was the head of the Marine Nature Conservation at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on Isle of Vilm. Henning with his staff, was responsible for German positions and activities in national and international bodies and conventions for almost all aspects of marine conservation in global oceans, in the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Polar regions, including administration of the MPA network in the German EEZ. For 10 years he was the chair of the HELCOM biodiversity working group and for 4 years, chair of the OSPAR working group on Marine Protected Areas, species and Habitats (MASH). Since 1998 he has been chair of the OSPAR – MPA programme and member of the EU Marine Expert Group. Henning is Honorary Professor for “Marine Nature Conservation” at the University of Rostock, Germany and he continuous to be actively involved in a number of marine projects.
Alfred Wegener Institut
Dr Bernadette Pogoda is a marine scientist at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. With a background in zoology and polar biology, her research now addresses marine ecology in coastal and shelf sea systems of temperate regions, focusing on nature conservation measures and ecological restoration. She is a founding member and initiator of NORA and coordinates the projects RESTORE and PROCEED in close cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. Both projects address the restoration and protection of native oyster beds and associated species in marine protected area of the German North Sea and engage knowledge transfer into society to communicate the role of biodiversity and other ecosystem services and functions.
University of Portsmouth (UK- Ireland Native Oyster Network)
Dr Joanne Preston is a Marine Biologist based at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth. She founded the UK/Ireland Native Oyster Network in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London to catalyse a national approach and scale of oyster habitat restoration and facilitate best practice in management and monitoring of flat oyster restoration projects. Dr Preston provides scientific leadership for the Solent Oyster Restoration Project in collaboration with Blue Marine Foundation toenableresearch driven practice and support adaptive management.
Heriot Watt University, Scotland
Dr William Sanderson Bill is a MASTS Reader/Associate Professor of Marine Biodiversityat Heriot-Watt University. His research concentrates on sensitive management and sustainable development with a focus on shellfish and other habitats of high biodiversity conservation importance, Marine Protected Areas, Ecosystem Services and environmental enhancement. Bill is a Research Director for the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project and St Abbs Marine Station and one of the hosts of NORA 2.
Hein Sas (July 12, 1956) is a freelance consultant and researcher, based in Amsterdam. He has studied experimental physics and after working 20 years in environmental research and consultancy he decided to become independent and devote his professional career, and much of his personal life, to restoring estuarine and marine ecosystems. About 10 years ago, Hein became aware of the -almost total – eradication of native oyster beds in the European marine environment and the ecological disaster which this entailed. So he decided to start raising interest in native oyster restoration and, if possible, helping to fund and develop restoration projects. In 2016 thisled to the creation of the Dutch native oyster consortium, in which Wageningen Marine Research, Bureau Waardenburg and Sas Consultancy cooperate in designing and executing restoration projects. The interest and amount of projects in the Dutch North Sea area has been growing rapidly since then, so Hein is currently setting up a Dutch native oyster network, in which all interested parties, ranging from nature restoration NGO’s, industry, government and science cooperate. Hein regards NORA as the essential organisation through which this type of cooperation can be achieved on a European level.