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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Online registration for the NORA mailing list is now open!

Please sign up for receiving news from the NORA network by e-mail. Mailings will include: NORA conference updates, project updates, notices about Working Group activities and newsletters. The new mailing list will replace all current lists, so please sign up even …

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ICSR 2020 in Nelson Bay, Australia

The 20th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR) will be held from 17-20 March 2020 in beautiful Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Call for Abstracts to be presented at the 2020 International Conference on Shellfish Restoration closes 5pm Australian ESDT Friday …

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Upcoming European Native Oyster Biosecurity Workshop

The aim of the workshop is to agree and draft Europe-wide recommendations for biosecurity in European native oyster restoration. NORA is pleased to announce a European Native Oyster Biosecurity Workshop to be co-hosted with The Native Oyster Network- UK & Ireland (NON) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh …

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Ostrea session at Aquaculture conference 2019 in New Orleans

This question is the focal point of an Ostrea spp. session to be held on Monday 11th March 2019 at AQUACULTURE 2019 in New Orleans, USA. Speakers will be sharing their experiences and research in Ostrea spp. restoration both within Europe and Worldwide, with the hope to open up some discussion …

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Film: Hope for the European Flat Oyster

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has recently published a film about its engagement for the threatened European Flat Oyster and about the current German restoration project RESTORE.This project brings together researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz …

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Sweden joins NORA

We are pleased to welcome Åsa Strand and her group as new members of NORA. They just started the project „Knowledge base for unified management of OSPAR-listed bivalve beds“. You will find more informations at: Restoration Project Sweden