Ian McLeod and Simon Branigan share their experiences in engagement and outreach of oyster reef restoration from Australia
Dr Ian McLeod is the Assistant Director and a Principal Research Scientist at TropWATER, James Cook University. He has been working with The Nature Conservancy to provide research to underpin shellfish reef restoration in Australia. Simon Branigan is the Operations Manager for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy Australia. He has been putting oyster reefs back in the water and has been responsible for communicating those efforts to stakeholders and the public. Here they share their experiences and lessons learned in communicating oyster restoration.
Corina Peter introduces oyster restoration outreach activities for secondary schools
Corina Peter is a researcher in the restoration projects RESTORE and PROCEED at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany. Within PROCEED, an active knowledge transfer capacity is being developed, with the goal of utilizing the native oyster and the reefs it forms as an example for the importance of ecological key species and their ecosystem services. This talk focuses on one subject of the outreach work of PROCEED: The development of educational materials which then can be used in (German) High Schools. PROCEED is supported by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety within the Federal Programme for Biological Diversity (Bundesprogramm Biologische Vielfalt).
Luke Helmer introduces oyster restoration outreach activities for primary schools
Dr Luke Helmer is the Scientific Officer for the Blue Marine Foundation and works on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project. To increase the projects wider impact, the team have been developing lesson plans, online educational material and outreach activities for audiences including primary school children, university students and the general public. In this talk, Luke covers case studies of the classroom-based learning and hands on field trips conducted in association with Wicor Primary School.
Celine Gamble introduces the UK-Ireland guide to oyster restoration outreach
Celine is the Coordinator for the Native Oyster Network – UK & Ireland, co-founded by the Zoological Society of London and the University of Portsmouth. The UK Network is currently producing a “Native Oyster Restoration Handbook” in collaboration with NORA, including a chapter on “Engagement and communications for a restoration project”. In this presentation Celine provides an overview of the current outreach and engagement methods outlined in the draft handbook, seeking to share the methods and gain feedback from the NORA Outreach working group.