Open consultation of the draft NORA/UK-Ireland NON “European Guidelines on Biosecurity in Native Oyster Restoration”

NORA are delighted to invite experts to participate in the consultation on the draft European Guidelines on Biosecurity in Native Oyster Restoration.

The NORA Biosecurity Working Group and the UK- Ireland Native Oyster Network have been working to provide new and existing projects with guidelines addressing the biosecurity of native oyster restoration in Europe. It is hoped that these guidelines can be used by project managers to understand the ecological risk, legislative requirements, appropriate planning and practical actions which are necessary when considering restoration at multiple sites, or when translocating material. Guidelines for those seeking to engage with, or establish native oyster hatcheries are also included.

These guidelines were initially drafted during a workshop in January 2020, hosted by Heriot-Watt University, and funded by the Environment Agency and an EU Life grant administered via Wetlands International, and have subsequently been developed further online.

Please visit the online version of the guidelines for more details of the consultation and to view the document and provide comment.  You are also welcome to e-mail comments to NORA and UK-Ireland NON network coordinators at: secretariat@noraeurope.eu and nativeoyster@zsl.org 

We would be grateful for comments and responses up to COB on the 22nd Sept 2020.

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