20th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration Open for Abstracts

The 20th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR), will be taking place 27th – 30th April 2021 in beautiful Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia.  With shellfish restoration efforts and research growing globally each year, this conference will provide an exciting opportunity to …

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NORA Production Working Group Workshop Report Available

Wordclouds (by Mentimeter) illustrating the range of information participants believe should be shared about native oyster production.

The NORA Production Working Group met for an oyster production industry/oyster restoration cross cutting workshop on December 4th 2020. Thirty-one experts discussed areas of communication that could be improved between the two groups and communally explored ways to overcome barrier of …

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CALL: Seeking records of Polydora websteri in Europe

Dark blisters inside the oyster shell caused by Polydora websteri. Photo: Anna-Lisa Wrange

In October 2020, the mud blister worm Polydora websteri was observed for the first time in Sweden (genetically verified), in a natural Pacific oyster bed (Crassostrea gigas) close to Lysekil on the Swedish west coast. The worm is a known invader, originating …

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Underwater photographs show the wonder of the Native Oyster

Photo: Winner Dr Paul Naylor (BSAC member, Marine Biologist, Underwater Photographer and Author of Great British Marine Animals)

In 2020, ZSL, the University of Portsmouth and the Native Oyster Network called on the UK public to get creative and submit their best images of the native oyster in its natural environment. The Native Oyster is cryptic and rare. Add …

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NORA 2 Special Issue in Aquatic Conservation now Available!

NORA 2 Special Issue in Aquatic Conservation

The special issue can be accessed at onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/10990755/2020/30/11 In little more than six weeks the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restorationwill launch, bringing a sharp focus on ecosystem restoration and ‘mainstreaming’ it into policy and planning.  Published this week is a landmark Special …

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NORA 3 Online Recording Now Live on YouTube

Photo: Bureau Waardenburg Ecology & Landscape, Floor Driessen

NORA 3 Online was an action-packed event, featuring the launch of two new reports; The European Guidelines on Biosecurity in Native Oyster Restoration and  the European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook- UK and Ireland, the launch of the NORA expert database and Native Oyster …

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NORA and the Native Oyster Network – UK & Ireland, launches Biosecurity Guidelines for Native Oyster Restoration

European Guidelines on Biosecurity in Native Oyster Restoration, November 2020

Native oyster restoration seeks to reverse through human activity, the damage sustained by oyster reefs over the past few centuries. This positive activity, which sees native oysters and their habitat returned to waters where they are currently absent or have …

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Native Oyster Network: UK and Ireland launch “European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook”

European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook, November 2020

The European Native Oyster Habitat Restoration Handbook- UK and Ireland is the ultimate “how to” guide to native oyster restoration in the UK and Ireland. The result of a collaborative effort across the Native Oyster Network- UK and Ireland, drawing …

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Announcing NORA Historical Ecology Working Group Workshop

Opening of the Oyster Market Billingsgate. (Credit: Illustrated London News 1843, Credit: The British Library)

The NORA Historical Ecology Working Group will be meeting online on Monday 30th November and Tuesday 1st December 2020, from 10am-3pm CET (9am-14.00 GMT). The workshops are open to existing project partners and to new participants, who would like to bring new …

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Open Call for Collaboration on Site Selection for Native Oyster Restoration

Photo: Oscar Bos

The NORA Site Selection Working Group is seeking experts from the NORA network to participate in a project to identify and reach consensus on the factors most important in determining site selection for native oyster restoration projects in Europe. It …

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NORA supports Pan-European Online Workshop on Native Oyster Genetics

Experts in Ostrea edulis genetics and genomics are invited to participate in a half day workshop on Thursday February 25th 2021, 10am-12.30pm CET (9am-11.30am GMT). The aim of the workshop is to provide an open environment in which specialists can present their recent results …

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NORA Production Working Group to Develop Policy Brief Online

Photo: Oscar Bos / Wageningen Marine Research

Following the move of Aquaculture Europe 2020 in Cork to an online format next year, the NORA Production Working Group have decided to meet independently online from 10am-2pm CET on Friday Dec 4th. Please register your interest with secretariat@noraeurope.eu. The Production …

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NORA Outreach Working Group Discusses Community Engagement

Alec Reid from the Galway Bay Oyster Restoration Project.

The NORA Outreach group invites you to the last online meeting before the Christmas break: Alec Reid from the Galway Bay Oyster Restoration Project will present his experience in engaging the community in oyster restoration and how to make oyster …

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Laying Cultch: a Case Study from the Essex Native Oyster Initiative

Aggregate cultch being laid at the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative site in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, UK. (Photo: ZSL and ENORI)

The Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI) is a collaboration between oystermen, government, conservationists, and academia, working towards the Essex estuaries having self-sustaining populations of native oysters. The Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries in Essex were designated as a …

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NORA 3 Online – Update and Registration Deadline

NORA 3 Online
Photo: Bureau Waardenburg Ecology & Landscape, Floor Driessen

As the NORA 3 Online conference approaches, we are delighted to share with you the conference programme, as well as the conference abstract booklet for perusal in advance of and during the conference. The conference programme offers a host of …

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Keynote Speakers for NORA 3 Online Confirmed

Pierre Boudry, Ifremer; Anne Birch and Laura Geselbracht, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

The NORA 3 Online organising committee are delighted to announce the conference Keynote Speakers: Pierre Boudry, Anne Birch and Laura Geselbracht. Pierre Boudry is Head of the Research Unit Functional Physiology of Marine Organisms at the French Research Institute for …

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Biodiversity of North Sea Native Oyster Reefs: Notes From The Netherlands

© Joost Bergsma, Bureau Waardenburg

Historical records of native oyster associated biodiversity in the North Sea Historical maps assembled by the Norwegian-British fishery scientist Ole Olsen1 and published in 1883, show that in the 19th century shellfish reefs, formed by the shells of live and dead native …

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NORA Outreach Working Group Shares Experiences in Developing Information Boards

Sharing information via information boards or posters can be an effective way of communicating with a broad audience. (Photo: NORA 2 conference)

The NORA Outreach Working Group invites you to join them for their third bimonthly meeting, the first after the summer break, in which experts from the UK and Germany will share their experience in developing information boards on the seafront. …

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NORA Outreach: Online Question and Qnswer Session with Dr. Ian McLeod

Dr Ian McLeod, James Cook University

The NORA Outreach Working Group is delighted to announce a Question and Answer session with the marine habitat restoration communications expert Dr Ian McLeod, as part of the second bimonthly Outreach Working Group meeting taking place at 10am (CET) on Tuesday June …

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Real-time carbon budgets and the native oyster: carbon sink or source?

Oysters destined for restoration in the Dornoch Firth. Photo: John Paul/DEEP

Authors: Hannah Z. L. Lee & William G. Sanderson Oyster restoration is not just about restoring a species or restoring an ecosystem. In the long run, the recovery of oyster habitat has the potential to bolster lost ecosystem services, such …

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Aquaculture Europe 2020: Abstract deadline extended

Announcing a Session titled Shellfish Restoration and Conservation at the upcoming Aquaculture Europe 2020 in Cork, Ireland (Sept 29th – Oct 2nd). Abstracts due via www.aquaeas.eu, and the submission deadline is June 1st, 2020.   “Shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) have seen a decline in population numbers providing incentive …

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NORA Production Working Group to meet at Aquaculture Europe 2020

Large-scale micro-algae culture at a shellfish hatchery. Photo: Oscar Bos

We invite you to join NORA for the first face-to-face meeting of the NORA Production Working Group, which will take place at the Aquaculture Europe meeting in Cork from 29th September to 2nd October 2020. Places are limited and registration is essential. Please contact the …

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Call for collaborators to test spatting pond protocol

Spatting pond with settlement “hats” and live native European oysters. Photos: Åsa Strand

The European flat oyster, Ostrea edulis, is an important species both for commercial purposes (aquaculture and fisheries) and from an ecological perspective. Both aquaculture of the species and restoration efforts, are, however, hampered by limited access to spat. Consequently, there is …

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Sharing oyster restoration outreach experiences and ideas

Photos: Thanks to Amy Munro and Blue Marine Foundation.

NORA is delighted to announce the newly formed NORA Outreach Group. The group, chaired by Corina Peter at AWI, is starting a regular (bimonthly) webinar to exchange ongoing outreach experiences and lessons learned. We aim to share experiences and, where appropriate, …

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NORA 3rd conference: Save the date and call for abstracts

Photo: Bureau Waardenburg Ecology & Landscape, Floor Driessen

The Dutch partners and NORA Secretariat are glad to announce that “NORA Moving Forward” will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 3 to 5 November 2020. The conference will include plenary sessions, speed presentations, working group meetings and PhD sessions. And excursion to Yerseke, the Dutch centre for …

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ZSL launches national native oyster quest to find forgotten British treasure

Celine Gamble, ZSL’s Native Oyster Network Coordinator

Wildlife photographers across the UK are being challenged to capture underwater images of the rare European native oyster (Ostrea edulis), as international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) launches a national native oyster hunt to galvanise support for the …

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Traditional oystermen leading efforts to enhance the native oyster population in the Fal Estuary, Cornwall

The Fal estuary oyster fishery is unique. It is the only remaining oyster fishery in Europe which is fished entirely by sail boat or rowing punts. While this artisanal fishing method is likely to have contributed to the longevity of …

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NORA and UK-Ireland Native Oyster Network develop Best Practice guidelines for biosecurity in European oyster restoration projects

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 aims of the workshop was to discuss and agree recommended biosecurity protocols relating to oyster restoration …

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NORA and UK-Ireland Native Oyster Network develop monitoring guidelines for oyster restoration in Europe

Workshop report The UK-Ireland Native Oyster Network (UK-Ireland NON) hosted a workshop in December 2019 at the University of Portsmouth, bringing NORA and UK-Ireland NON network members together to discuss and compile metrics and methods for monitoring native oyster habitat …

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