NORA Site Selection Working Group

Most potential restoration sites in Europe are limited both in terms of recruitment and substrate availability. Selecting a site that not only supports settlement, but also survival, growth and reproduction is fundamental in the long-term success of any restoration project. Since site selection takes place early in the project timeline, the success of all sequential stages depends on effective and appropriate site selection .

(Site Selection Checklist, 2021)

Knowledge exchange on native oyster restoration site selection was identified as a key area for collaboration during the founding meeting of NORA in Berlin in 2017.

With the expansion of the NORA community from 2019 onwards, the site selection working group came together, consisting of scientists as well as restoration practitioners. The Group sought to collate existing information and provided opportunities for knowledge exchange and a collaborative environment, mainly during the NORA conferences 2, 3 and 4. By 2021, the group, led by Philine zu Ermgassen and Anna Hughes, compiled the Site Selection Checklist and a supporting academic peer reviewed paper. This checklist aims to provide foundational and practical site selection advice to restoration practitioners working in the field of European native oyster habitat restoration. It summarises factors that are important to consider in site selection for European native oyster habitat restoration projects.

The Group is not active at the moment, but members are also involved in various NORA activities, e.g. the Historical Ecology Working Group

If you are interested to get involved, please contact the NORA Secretariat.